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Governor Dayton touts MNsure's low rates as live date draws near

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Supporters of Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace are boasting some of the lowest coverage rates of any health exchange in the country.

According to the Star Tribune, Gov. Mark Dayton highlighted a federal report showing the insurance rates amongst the lowest in the nation. The article says that Dayton told the crowd of the AFL-CIO's Minnesota State Retiree Council that, "Minnesota has the lowest rates, the lowest insurance rates of any state in the nation - the lowest!"

It has been a tough couple of weeks for MNsure after a few issues involving a private data security breach, and a gaffe involving overlooked inner city organizations that did not receive money to help recruit uninsured individuals to sign up for the program.

It's not all good news for MNsure though as Minn Post reports that four Republican legislators on the Joint MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee (LOC) sent a letter to Gov. Dayton Wednesday urging the governor to help them get answers in relation to MNsure. The letter was signed by Rep. Tara Mack, Rep. Joe Hoppe, Sen. Michelle Benson, and Sen. Sean Nienow.

The letter says that despite serving on the LOC that the requests from the four are either not being taken seriously, or will not be responded to in a timely and meaningful way.

Legislators on the LOC heard from MNsure officials on Tuesday following the security breach in which private information, including names and social security numbers of 1,600 insurance agents.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that MNsure would not go live as scheduled on Oct. 1 if anymore security issues arise between now and then.

MNsure's six month enrollment period begins on Oct. 1, coverage begins Jan. 1.

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