Minnesota's health exchange received full airing

  • Article by: JOE ATKINS
  • Updated: April 3, 2013 - 8:52 PM

The carefully wrought result will serve Minnesotans well, as GOP should know.

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badboyzsApr. 3, 13 8:23 PM

How much is it costing to set up these exchanges and create the website? 54 million dollars. The Society of Actuaries predicts insurance rates will go by as much as 60% in January. They predict that procedures will increase by up to 40%. Maybe they should have read the ObamaCare bill before passing it.

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jbpaperApr. 3, 13 8:35 PM

"...with the average premium dropping by 30 percent and the average family saving $500 annually." ---- I'm very curious as to where he came up with these numbers. If my math is right, for a 30 percent drop to equal a $500 a year savings, that would mean the average monthly premium is about $140.

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mrsjafhApr. 3, 13 8:57 PM

My husband and I are looking forward to purchasing our health insurance on the exchange when things are ready to go. I'm excited that we will finally be able to see competition between insurers for our business. We are self-employed and pay $757.50 each MONTH for our Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN policy and it has a $3000 deductible and pays ZERO for preventative and wellness visits. It's basically bankruptcy insurance we carry just in case anything major would happen. It's high-time that the playing field for the self-employed purchasers are leveled! This exchange will certainly need to make changes along the way but we are so happy that we finally will be able to get preventative services and actually get to go to the doctor when we are sick, instead of when we are about dead! We will finally be able to save more for retirement as we will get a subsidy and save some serious money. We will also be able to spend more for our business and that helps the economy too. People need to give this a chance to work and be positive instead of fearful. I commend our representatives for making this a reality for Minnesota! Much thanks to them for a job well done!!

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jpcooperApr. 3, 1310:18 PM

mrsjafh, today you can shop! BCBS, Health Partners, Medica... These will be the same options in January! ________________________Here is a link to MnSure Healthcare calculator. Plug in your numbers and report back on your savings......http://www.mn.gov/hix/calculators/main/IndividualCalculator.jsp

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elmore1Apr. 3, 1310:36 PM

If Dayton studied this as closely as he did the Vikings Stadium proposal we are in BIG trouble!

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chuckdancerApr. 3, 1311:14 PM

The stupid thing about creating these exchanges is that health insurance companies are not necessary for this country to have health care and represent nothing but total waste in the system.

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jbpaperApr. 4, 13 4:53 AM

jpcooper; Thanks for the link. Apparently, Mr Atkins and the rest of the believers in this system are using the same math they use when talking about government cuts. My premiums would INCREASE by $3108 a year. My annual out of pocket maximum would INCREASE $1220. I currently have a individual plan with a $3200 deductible, which I have never gone over.

I did like how the site kept mentioning savings even though there wasn't any.

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paddlemanApr. 4, 13 6:25 AM

I don't get this comment; "Rather than accepting a one-size-fits-all, federally mandated exchange, Minnesota took the opportunity to build an exchange tailored to meet the needs of its residents and the state’s exceptional health care system." What makes one States health care needs different from the next? Who came up with this belief and under what basis?

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tupelohoneyApr. 4, 13 6:48 AM

"health insurance companies are not necessary for this country to have health care and represent nothing but total waste in the system"

Why can't people figure out that the NEW health insurance company will be the government! The government heavily regulates the insurance companies. Who will regulate the government?

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tupelohoneyApr. 4, 13 6:50 AM

chuckdancer - If you think insurance companies have waste in them wait until our new insurance company is the government.

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