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Dayton pushes for early release of MNsure rates

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Gov. Mark Dayton is pushing to get next year's prices for Minnesota's health insurance exchange publicized by Oct. 1, ahead of the November election, reports say.

Dayton said releasing rates earlier will give Minnesotans more time to choose a plan.

Insurance rates must be published by mid-November, but rates could be published by Oct. 1 if all participating health plans agree – they did so last year, and rates were released almost a month before open enrollment, MinnPost says.

Dayton's push to release the rates early comes as opponents state's health exchange, MNsure, recently criticized the administration for not committing to release rates before the election, the Associated Press reports.

Republicans have long criticized the state's health exchange, MNsure, and have vowed to make major changes to the program if elected this fall.

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