Back to basics after MNsure shakeup

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 17, 2013 - 7:32 PM

Improve site’s performance, then worry about coverage changes.

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jbpaperDec. 17, 13 7:54 PM

While the site is improving, couldn't get much worse, it still is a joke. I have an individual policy that will drastically change on Jan 1st. I tried finding a policy on MnSure but gave up because of the hassle. I went to ehealthinsurance's site and was able to look at plans in a lot better format and in a fraction of the amount of time. Once I settled on a plan, I did go back to compare the premiums. They were the same, also the same on the insurance company's website.

In case anyone is interested, I will now be paying about $20 more per month, have a deductible/out of pocket max that is $400 higher and am losing my vision coverage. I almost forgot, I now have maternity coverage which is wonderful considering I'm a male.

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davehougDec. 17, 13 8:19 PM

IF the government knows which are junk policies we shouldn't be allowed to keep, it should also know which policies we shouldn't be allowed to see on the exchange......right :)

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RossbergDec. 17, 13 8:22 PM

"Advocates such as this page have argued that MNsure has generally performed better than the federal government’s HealthCare.gov website has." High praise indeed. This is like praising the Hindenburg over the Titanic by saying that at least the dirigible made it all the way to its destination before it exploded.

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cashncareyDec. 17, 13 8:25 PM

MNSure is just another example of the disaster called Obamacare. The democrats lied and our healthcare died.

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william16Dec. 17, 13 8:34 PM

The Strib editorial board might wish to further examine the appointment of Scott Leitz as interim director of MNsure, considering he was approved by a MNsure board that includes Dept of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, who is also Leitz's boss. This fall, a DHS internal investigation criticized Leitz for approving extra Medicaid money for Fairview Amplatz Children's Hospital it was not entitled to receive. Now he's qualified to lead MNsure?

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jbpaperDec. 17, 13 8:39 PM

After reading the article about video ads on Facebook, I got to thinking that maybe the Strib editors should look at their own website. While I agree with them that MnSure needs some work, their site could also use some improvements.

I've had video ads start up that I couldn't stop even when I hit the stop/pause button. The "hot dish"/"local blog" article are as messed up as MnSure. If you hit refresh, the comment sometimes disappear. The number of comments doesn't match up with the how many it says there are. Once they get over 50 comments, it's a pain to try to read them from oldest to newest.

Those are just some off the top of my head, there are definitely more issues with the Strib's site.

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DufferHDec. 17, 13 9:38 PM

Usually find myself at odds with the editorial page columns, I was glad to see this insightful look at the situation. I only hope MNSure and state officials heed the advice. One probably I have though is they rushed in to replace the CEO. Without a more thorough search, can the board really be sure they picked the right person given his handling of the Amplatz situation?

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goferfanzDec. 17, 13 9:47 PM

I just fine it annoying the many stories heralding MNSURE's "progress" in recent months---when clearly this was false. The comments sections also have been full of posters singing MNSURE praises, which raises the question whether these posters are paid, political, or both.

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forpeopleDec. 18, 13 2:06 AM

Todd-Malmlov will not be missed. Don't forget, she helped create policies on MNSure that have often have sky high deductibles and that are unaffordable for most of the uninsured. The policies she helped put together are too often a cruel joke. Likewise, that website is a disaster. It looks like the first computer project of some high school students. The Strib was just not following Todd-Malmlov closely enough to understand how truly dreadful she has been for Minnesota. Now we are left to somehow recover from what she did.

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pinky1933Dec. 18, 13 3:07 AM

A measured and sensible editorial. More complications will present themselves over the coming months but I believe it will fly, as intended, despite Rossberg's rather hyperbolic/hysterical analogy.

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