Work begins on Minnesota health insurance exchange

  • Article by: JENNIFER BROOKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 9, 2013 - 9:59 PM

Bipartisan coalition introduces legislation for system that would let consumers shop for coverage online. Bills sets up online marketplace for Minnesotans to shop for insurance

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glamorousvivJan. 9, 1310:47 PM

Well this ought to be interesting.

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pinky1933Jan. 9, 1311:13 PM

the greatest irony is that for every Republican state that refuses to set up an exchange - or if their exchange doesn't meet the requirements of the law, then it'll be run by the Feds, which is what many wanted all along. or instead of irony, the Republican politicians were hood-winking by their own constituents because perhaps they really wanted a Fed run exchange in the first place. either way, the ACA - or affectionately called Obamacare - is a great many steps in the right direction. next challenge is to reduce health costs.

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freedomallJan. 9, 1311:15 PM

The DFL should push for Single Payer like they did in Vermont. Single Payer will eliminate monopolistic insurance companies who will continue to raise rates. Just 2% of your weekly or bi-weekly check will go to your health care and you will have no deductibles, no co-pays, no doughnut holes, no prior authorizations, etc.

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rlwr51Jan. 9, 1311:36 PM

Let's just hope those on the board who makes the decisions aren't insurance or health care execs or anyone with a conflict of interest, also that the plans offered are worthwhile, without gimmicks or tricks. Without over-site this could turn out to be more in corporate interest than citizen interest.

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sek2undrstndJan. 9, 1311:44 PM

I doubt the DFL will push for Single Payer. It might have something to do with Speaker of the House Paul Thissen's work with health insurance companies.

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comment229Jan. 10, 13 5:26 AM

"Hann considers the exchanges expensive and unnecessary and would just as soon see Minnesota join the ranks of the 30 states that are refusing to come up with their own exchange plans in protest." I don't know where to begin on this one. Apparently Mr. Hann lives in a bubble with all thr rest of the people who have decent health insurance through their group/employer. The rest of us out here are holding our collective breaths waiting for affordable health care. We are running out of air. My premium, despite no claims, is one fourth of my income now, with a deductible that is so high, that it makes the insurance almost worthless. So why do I, and many like me have it? Simple, to avoid bankruptcy. Mr. Hann, sound like the American dream to you?

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jathu001Jan. 10, 13 5:56 AM

I looked up my online paystub this morning and saw my new 2013 family health insurance premium now eats up 30% of my gross income. (And I don't want to hear any nonsense about how Obamacare has caused this--my premiums were skyrocketing long before Obamacare even happened!) This change can't come fast enough and Mr. Hann and those who sat on their hands and tried to obstruct reform can just take a hike. I feel like I have been a slave to the health care industry for the past decade or more, and will continue to be until Medicare age unless things are changed. And none of my family members have even really used the care except for a case of strep throat here and there! I'd say the current health insurance monopoly has made quite a profit off of us. And we are just one family out there. I am looking forward to the exchanges and to the private industry finally being forced to play by the rules of real market competition.

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rufflesJan. 10, 13 6:10 AM

Did you see the cost of this? Nothing is free people. What a waste. Repeal it now!

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ranger78Jan. 10, 13 7:16 AM

Umm pinky1933, there is a very good reason only 15 states have agreed to set up the exchanges in their state. It's not just Republicans saying no. It's the act itself. Any state that sets up the exchange is then liable for the costs. Any state that refuses to set up the exchange, the fed has to pay for. So Dayton and those in favor of this exchange, are putting MN at a distinct disadvantage and putting more financial stress on the state taxpayers. So learn the facts before posting your partisan rants.

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markc1Jan. 10, 13 7:22 AM

Great news, thank goodness I live in a progressive blue state, I will have good affordable healcare whether republicans like it or not!

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