Our Opinion: More MNsure data is needed

Published 8:39 am Monday, March 31, 2014

MNsure leaders need to release more enrollment data — and the sooner the better.

With the enrollment deadline just hours away, only limited statistics have been released about MNsure. As of Friday, more than 152,000 Minnesotans had either enrolled in private insurance plans or qualified for government-subsidized public plans.

However, little more is known about the MNsure enrollees. It’s not known how many of the 400,000 previously uninsured Minnesotans have enrolled. It’s also not know how many people in southern Minnesota and Mower County signed up for MNsure.

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These are key statistics in determining how well MNsure has performed. One key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act was to bring health care to the uninsured. We need to know if that’s happening.

We also need to know whether the roughly 152,000 enrollees are largely from the Twin Cities or if southern Minnesota has a proportional number of sign-ups.

This is information the public needs soon after tonight’s deadline. Minnesotans have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to enroll for health insurance coverage or face federal tax penalties under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Gov. Mark Dayton has said MNsure success can’t be fully measured in one year. We agree, but the public must know more about the people signing up before people can judge how successful MNsure has been and what can be done to improve it.