Bill would scrap MNsure, move Minnesota to federal exchange

Published 10:23 am Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ST. PAUL — A Republican lawmaker has unveiled a plan to abandon MNsure in favor of the federal health insurance exchange.

Rep. Matt Dean’s bill that would make Minnesota the 38th state to use the federal website. His proposal was to be introduced Tuesday, and if successful Minnesota would make the shift for 2017 enrollments.

Republicans have many proposals to change the state’s health exchange but Dean’s proposal goes the farthest. His spot atop the Health and Human Services Finance Committee makes for a powerful perch to discuss scrapping the state exchange.

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But Democrats who control the Senate and governor’s office are likely to balk. Minnesota spent millions in state and federal money on its exchange.

MNsure officials have said they’ve turned a corner since a rocky rollout in year one.