Minn. to pay Va. firm $41 million to build new health exchange website

  • Article by: JENNIFER BJORHUS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 16, 2012 - 9:41 PM

Virginia firm received a $41 million contract to build the system on which Minnesotans will choose coverage.

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CMHAYDENJul. 16, 12 3:01 PM

Holy cow! I wish this story would explain why it is going to cost so much...that seems like a very steep price - is that because we are doing this first before the rules are set?

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dflleftJul. 16, 12 3:16 PM

GREAT NEWS....since we will be losing our employer offered health insurance, get ready to spend some quality time figuring out how you are going to pay as premiums are going to go UP! and the quality of healthcare is going to go DOWN! isn'r liberalism FUN?

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fairtaxJul. 16, 12 3:29 PM

funny thing.....State of MN gov't can hire an OUT OF STATE company to give our tax dollars to for something we never needed or wanted in the first place. Yet We the Taxpayer can't shop for Health care policies across state lines because of both Fed and State Gov't requiring only instate HC providers can offer us policies (see price fix). Employers are counting the days and licking their chops for when they can dump their employees into the public HC Xchanges.

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mwibachJul. 16, 12 3:34 PM

It's a bummer that an in-state option was not chosen. It would be great to keep this economic development here at home.

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milo1949Jul. 16, 12 3:55 PM

What a scam - follow the money, one of the Obama associates is getting richer.

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dwntwnmpls83Jul. 16, 12 3:55 PM

"It's a bummer that an in-state option was not chosen. It would be great to keep this economic development here at home."? It's more of a bummer that an in-state option didn't rise to the top.

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minn12Jul. 16, 12 4:01 PM

Do you see the insanity when government tries to do something that the private sector should be doing? Forty one million dollars for a WEBSITE?? What will happen once Romney is elected and he cancels these ridiculous 'exchanges'? The real solution is to have insurance companies be able to compete across state lines for business, and to offer different policies for different needs. Dayton and these government bureaurocrats better have a CANCELLATION clause in this outrageous contract, so Minnesota taxpayers will not be stuck for the bill once Obamacare is repealed. This whole thing has disaster written all over it.

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sibley611Jul. 16, 12 4:09 PM

See, we are saving money already with the new Obama care! Glad to see Minnesota is once again leading the way, jumping in with both feet. What could go wrong?

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pinky1933Jul. 16, 12 4:09 PM

i have not doubt MN companies were considered for the job but after a year's search and, for whatever reasons, they just didn't make the "cut." regardless, i'm pleased to see MN getting on with it. i for one will enjoy watching the insurance companies scramble to COMPETE for their customers, in an environment that fosters mobility, leaner administrative costs and coverage that really COVERS patient care. bring it!

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muggsh2oJul. 16, 12 4:12 PM

$41 million? What's this..."The People's Website"? Holy cow. What about MN, Mr. Dayton. No in-state company could do this job?

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