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Continued: MNsure defects were no surprise

  • Article by: JEFFREY MEITRODT , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 6, 2014 - 4:23 PM

Having another year, he said, could have made a big difference. “Could we have done much more high quality work? Probably. It’s a tough one to swallow. No one was backing away from 10/1.”

Officials with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said the flexibility surrounding the Oct. 1 deadline was not broadly communicated. Local officials could find out about it only if they asked.

“As we did with all states, CMS worked in consultation with MNsure to help them prepare for open enrollment,” CMS said in response to written questions. “CMS provided the state with the flexibility to launch their Marketplace in the way that made the best use of its systems capabilities.”

Aderinkomi said the lack of communication on such an important issue has him rethinking future demands. He said the tough lesson of the MNsure rollout is that following rules is less important than making sure Minnesotans get the services they need.

“Somehow, somewhere, the ball got dropped,” Aderinkomi said. “And it was a pretty big ball.”

 

Jeffrey Meitrodt • 612-673-4132

 

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