Questions emerge about financing, long-term solvency for some state-operated health exchanges

  • Article by: PATRICK CONDON , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 8, 2014 - 1:35 PM

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The 14 states running their own health insurance marketplaces had all their startup costs footed by the federal government, but they're supposed to pay for themselves starting next year under the federal health care reform law.

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jpcooperFeb. 8, 14 2:01 PM

Shut down the State exchanges and push users to the Federal Exchange!

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jarlmnFeb. 8, 14 2:11 PM

This "lagging enrollment" stuff is a hoot. A goodly share of those "lagging" are the young folks who were steadfastly supporting this Obama-ized Ponzi Scheme until they *finally* realized that, actually, they'd have to, you know, *gasp* PAY something for it!

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jbpaperFeb. 8, 14 2:25 PM

"Officials of MNsure, the state's exchange, have vowed to cut costs to avoid seeking any money from the Legislature during an election year."------ Just the other day there was a story about spending more money to increase call center staff. Where are these cuts in cost going to be coming from?

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jbpaperFeb. 8, 14 2:29 PM

"Washington state has budgeted $40 million to run its exchange in 2015"..."HealthSource RI estimates its annual operating costs at between $18 million and $24 million."------- Rhode Island's exchange's costs are estimated between 19 and 24 million while Washington's is $40 million. Why is Minnesota's close to $60 million?

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supervon2Feb. 8, 14 2:49 PM

I thought all of these health exchanges were supposed to save money. This is making the Wilfs look like they are getting penny candy by comparison.

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luzhishenFeb. 8, 14 3:43 PM

Massachussetts spends more on administering healthcare than all of Canada, with worse outcomes. Germany spends half what we do with Medicare-for-all and supplemental insurance for those who want it. We have a half-...baked model with fee-for-service, everyone trying to skim the cream and wonder why we pay more for it. Thank you, Heritage Foundation for inventing this dud and thank you, Mr. President for going along with them. Of course, the conservatives will claim that liberals like myself who are dissatisfied with this really want to go back to what we had before the ACA. We don't.

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fairplay2277Feb. 8, 14 3:57 PM

Wow what a shock! Everyone knows there is no such thing as something for nothing, unless of course, you are a liberal democrat. Thank Marky Dayton and his merry band of fools who, in true Obama bootlicking fashion, had to build their own health care exchange. Of course it has been a huge failure, like most government program that mess with private business, and now a tremendous money pit. How in the world are they going to cut costs on this? They just hired a whole bunch of people just to answer the phones and according to this article, it looks they are going to have to scrap the whole mess and start over. That won't cost too much money will it? Oh, by the way, they don't have enough healthy people signing up so their "business model" isn't going to work so guess who is going to foot that bill when the insurance companie inevitably raises everyone's insurance rates? And don't be fooled by the federal grants Minnesota received to build the exchange. That is still your money (if you are a taxpayer) they are flushing down the toilet. There is only one way to fix this problem and that is at the voting booth. Please remember that not one Republican voted for this complete waste of time and money and your governor made another terrible decision and made it even worse.

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russ999Feb. 8, 14 5:17 PM

indeed we will remember that republicans don't care about those with pre-existing conditions, those going bankrupt because of insurance medical caps or have had their insurance dropped the moment they needed it... Remember it was CONservadems Lieberman, Nelson, Baucus and the republicants that made getting a public options impossible so take it out on anyone that calls themselves a conservative. In the history of the world being a conservative has never been a good thing. They want to start a war with Iran, take away even minimum wage, take away regulations that protect our air, water and food supply. They cheer on gun crazed maniacs like Zimmerman. They demonize minorities, the poor and offer nothing to working people. They think 90% of your productivity gains going to the 1% is something your supposed to be satisfied with. They think Scalia should get between a women and her doctor.

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greatxFeb. 8, 14 6:00 PM

"We need to pass this to see whats in it..."

Hmmmm, where have I heard that from?

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ffedericoFeb. 8, 14 6:02 PM

You can bet your bottom dollar that if Dayton wins re-election and the Democrats maintain control of the legislature this year they will be raising taxes to pay for the MnSure shortfall.

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