MN sure hits 96 percent of enrollment goal as deadline looms


Minnesota's health insurance exchange said Friday that it has reached 96 percent of its enrollment goal with 10 days to go before the government's enrollment deadline, FOX 9 reports.

MNsure says that more than 130,000 Minnesotans have enrolled in the program to date. March 31 is the final deadline for applicants to make a plan selection and payment for coverage, which will go into effect May 1.

The federal government's Affordable Care Act requires most uninsured people to get health coverage by April 1 or face a fine of $95 on their 2014 tax returns. The fine increases to $325 in 2015, and will rise to $695 by 2016.

MNsure has increased efforts to get Minnesotans without health insurance signed up this month through its "March to Enroll" campaign. The program has even enlisted the help of two "Captain Phillips" actors from Minneapolis to help with the enrollment push.

The Star Tribune says Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi and his co-star Faysal Ahmed were scheduled to be at the Brian Coyle Community Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis Friday night. In addition to signing autographs and posing for photos, Abdi and Ahmed were expected to steer people to tables where MNsure-certified navigators could help people sign up for coverage.

The next open enrollment period begins Nov. 15, MNsure says.

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