MNsure announces recipients of $4 million in grants

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 17, 2013 - 4:15 PM

All but one of the original recipients will receive grants, which angered some for a lack of diversity.

Officials with the state’s online health insurance exchange on Wednesday announced the final list of recipients for $4 million in federal outreach grants, ending a process that spawned a contentious public hearing before legislators and drew questions from Gov. Mark Dayton over its lack of inclusion of certain groups, including those who serve African-Americans and those with mental health concerns.

Despite the outcry, just one recipient fell off the original list of 30 applicants, which MNsure leaders had insisted still were being vetted. That was Bruce Lyon-Dugin, an independent broker who made news after waving a shotgun during a traffic stop in Wisconsin. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and resisting or obstructing an officer.

In a meeting with the MNsure board, Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov defended the sweep of the recipients, saying the organizations have adequate reach across the state and across various hard-to-reach populations.

About 55 percent of grantees serve minorities and immigrants — with six groups serving African-Americans, six serving Hispanics, five working with American Indians, and four each working with Asian and/or Hmong populations and new immigrants.

In response to the public criticism, the MNsure board voted to free up $750,000 for a second round of grants to help get the word out about MNsure. Those applications are still under review.

Here is the list of recipients in round one:

AccountAbility Minnesota: $41,337

Central Minnesota Jobs and Training Services Inc.: $118,836

Centro Inc: $47,293

Communicating for America Inc: $38,836

Community Resource Connections Inc: $141,600

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES): $99,120

Dakota County: $190,376

Generations Health Care Initiatives: $230,369

Health Access MN Inc.: $326,606

HealthFinders Collaborative Inc.: $31,662

Hmong American Partnership: $153,552

International Institute of Minnesota: $128,560

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge: $56,640

Minnesota AIDS Project: $192,576

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe: $192,573

Minnesota Community Action Partnership: $424,150

Minnesota Council of Churches: $159,830

MORE: $2,407

Northpoint Health & Wellness Center Inc.: $138,052

Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota: $150,333

Portico Healthnet: $377,592

ResourceWest Inc.: $45,974

Small Business Minnesota: $10,497

Southside Community Health Services: $94,400

Somali Health Solutions: $149,421

Springboard for the Arts: $50,032

Western Community Action: $257,183

Women’s Health Center of Duluth, P.A.: $21,385

WomenVenture: $45,746

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