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Dayton: give MNsure a year before judging it

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Gov. Mark Dayton says the state's health insurance exchange is off to a good start, but he thinks Minnesotans should wait a year before declaring MNsure a success or failure.

Dayton tells the Associated Press the first two weeks of the online insurance marketplace have not been perfect, but he thinks things have gone well considering the scope and complexity of the project.

President Obama expressed frustration Monday with the technical problems that have marred the federal insurance exchange. But MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmov says Minnesota's system is unaffected by those problems.

Dayton tells the AP he heard that as of Monday 18,000 people had created accounts on MNsure's site.

As Fox-9 reports, state officials expect to see the number of uninsured Minnesotans dwindle from its 500,000 level at the start of October. But some users of the website tell the station they're disappointed that insurance premiums are as high as they are.

That reaction may be strongest in the Rochester area. As the Post Bulletin reports, shopping for coverage there is simple because there's only one insurance policy available. One agent tells the paper he suspects insurance companies are discriminating against southeastern Minnesota, given that other parts of the state have dozens of options when it comes to buying coverage.

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