ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -- A major development from MNsure will impact people in Olmsted and Dodge Counties who are hoping to buy health insurance through the state's new healthcare exchange.
Officials announced Wednesday that seven new health care plans have just been added for the greater Rochester area.
State officials have worked with a company called Medica to offer these new options. There will be two "bronze" options, two "silver" options, and two "gold" options with a choice of either copay or Health Savings Account (HSA) options at each metal level, as well as one catastrophic plan. The new plans also offer corresponding child plans, resulting in six more child plan choices.
Now that the plans have been formally approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Department of Health, MNsure is working on a technical solution to make these additional choices available to consumers online as quickly as possible.
"Minnesotans, regardless of where they live – Rochester, Duluth, Eveleth, or the Twin Cities, and everyone across the state – deserve choice when purchasing health insurance coverage," said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. "Once we identified the opportunity, we worked swiftly to facilitate a solution with Medica on behalf of consumers to provide more choice and access to health coverage."
State officials said they engaged Medica, which is offering products through MNsure elsewhere in Olmsted and Dodge Counties, to ensure the company had the ability to offer the additional health plans for the remainder of the open enrollment period in the zip codes that had previously lacked many options.
Olmsted and Dodge County residents who have questions about coverage options, or are seeking assistance with MNsure enrollment can contact the MNsure Contact Center at 1-855-3MNSURE or 1-855-366-7873, or log onto mnsure.org for additional information. Consumers are also encouraged to contact a navigator or broker in your area. A list of contact information for navigators and brokers serving Olmsted and Dodge County residents is available at MNsure Assistor Directory.
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