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Continued: Tevlin: Not too many sure things at MNsure’s new hot line

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 3, 2013 - 8:28 PM

Then again, if I do have to go on the open market, my income would likely be zero by then and my care would be subsidized, so there’s that to look forward to.

My real-life questions were pretty tame, so I decided to work up some full-on, cranky old guy health paranoia, and called MNsure back.

I told the TSR I’d Googled things on the Internet and listened to talk radio.

“Okaaaay,” she said, a bit warily.

“Is the IRS going to be able to see my medical records?”

“Boy, not that I’m aware of,” she said. She noted there were “very, very, very strict rules,” and that only people I allowed to see my medical records, could see them.

Then I told the TSR I had talked to young people (true) who said they were going to pay fines rather than buy MNsure care.

“So if this guy gets bonked on the head and goes to the ER, do I have to pay for that?”

The TSR laughed, just a little.

“Not necessarily,” she said. It’s complicated. Depends on the circumstances. Ultimately, it’s the uninsured guy’s problem, unless he’s broke.

In that case, yes, it’s all of our problem, just like I thought.

“Right now, we don’t know” many things, she said.


It was Day One of the MNsure soft opening. I had heard the voice of health care future, and while it was a little sketchy on the prognosis, it had a lovely timbre. • 612-673-1702

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