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Continued: MNsure lays out flexible deadline options for health insurance sign-ups

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 24, 2014 - 9:22 PM

By then, Erickson had gone to the doctor for a yearly physical and was stuck with a $675 bill that included blood work.

ā€œIā€™m not happy with this thing at all,ā€ he said.

130,000 signed up

More than 130,000 Minnesotans have signed up for coverage using the MNsure website. Although technical issues have improved and wait times at call centers have been reduced, many people are still running into problems. Brokers and navigators say it can sometimes take several days for consumers to gather the necessary paperwork or to complete the process. Those with language barriers and complicated family insurance needs may require more time as well.

Those eligible for public programs can enroll at any time, but officials urge Minnesotans not to wait.

The federal government is offering tax credits for low- to moderate-income earners that lower the cost of buying insurance. Tax credits are available only for plans bought on the MNsure website. Consumers can access the credits by shopping on MNsure.org themselves or by working with a broker, community-based navigator.

Credits available on a sliding scale for an individual earning up to $45,960 or a family of three with household income of $87,120, for example.

Jackie Crosby ā€¢ 612-673-7335

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