Health exchange 'navigators' to help people find insurance

  • Article by: Ashley Griffin , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 6:43 AM

Specialists will reach out to Minnesota’s underserved populations.

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supervon2Jul. 26, 1310:14 PM

And guess who is paying for this? Yes, Taxpayers. These are the hidden costs of "free" health care. And, this is only the beginning.

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munsterlandrJul. 26, 1310:15 PM

They won't be helping most Unions, the IRS employees, Senate and House staff, many government employees, and millions of others because these people either now have or are expecting exemptions from the burdens of Obamacare.

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donm251Jul. 26, 1310:33 PM

The biggest scam of the federal government since its beginning in 1776.

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theruntJul. 26, 1310:50 PM

A beautiful and historic moment in history.

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AverageMinnesotanJul. 26, 1310:53 PM

I'm going to ignore the foaming at the mouth opponents of Obamacare--who hate their fellow Americans so much they'd rather withhold healthcare from the least fortunate among us. As a self-employed father of two, I'm very excited to utilize MNsure and save. Thank you, President Obama and Governor Dayton. I support Obamacare.

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workforit1Jul. 26, 1310:54 PM

Just goes from one scam to another. Defund Obamacare. Are these people even in this country legally?

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mdachsJul. 26, 1311:15 PM

The Strib should answer the unasked question about how much these Obamacare navigators are paid. Also, English is the language of the United States - it is a waste of taxpayer dollars to provide multilingual Obamacare navigator services. My mother, grandmother, and many other ancestors quickly learned English when they came to this country - why do we not expect and demand that current immigrants do the same? Last, everyone has access to the Internet, even if they do not have a personal computer, Ipad, Iphone, or smartphone - the local libraries all have computers that anyone can use for free. Not having a personal computer and Internet access is not an excuse for not being able to sign up for Obamacare - taxpayers should not be paying extra money for navigators to help folks without home computers and internet access sign up for Obamacare. And immigrants have kids in school who learn how to use personal computers and the Internet. But, Obamacare does not expect these folks to take personal responsibility to enroll online for Obamacare!

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Wally_99Jul. 26, 1311:26 PM

When the exchanges hits and millions of previously uninsureds are thrust into the system, utilization will be turned on its head and reality will hit. Our health care supply will mathematically not be able to satisfy the demand. All bets are off when it comes to predicting the outcome!!!

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brokenclockJul. 27, 1312:17 AM

One key item is missing from this article and the overall discussion about these navigators. In order for navigators to do their job, they are going to need access to everything about the client - health, finances, taxes, SSN, everything and the Obama administration plans to give it to them. So now we're going to have unvetted, untrained "community organizers" with a blank check to rummage through records. How long do you think it will be before that blows up in our face? Not very long.

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crystalbayJul. 27, 13 1:43 AM

"The biggest scam of the federal government since its beginning in 1776."..................LOL! This is exactly what regressives screamed about when SS & Medicare were implemented. Now they're both American institutions and heaven forbid that anyone touch these sacred cows! All the reports in thus far from 11 states indicate much LOWER premium costs than was even projected. In Maryland, for instance, a young adult can purchase insurance for only $93/month. This model is working beautifully in Mass (98% are covered) and Hawaii. All the naysayers will be swallowing a lot of crow in just a few years. In the meantime, the all-out sabotaging by the GOP is contemptible.

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