Updated:
Original:

MNsure chooses new contractor for website in advance of audit

Author:

The state health insurance exchange, MNsure, has contracted with a company that will take over the agency’s website and technical operations.

The Star Tribune reports MNsure Interim CEO Scott Leitz announced the contract Wednesday.

As MPR News reported in February, MNsure has suffered from poor management and software failures.

As the problems mounted, MNsure's original executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, resigned in December. The agency then hired Interim Executive Director Scott Leitz.

More recently, MNsure has touted its success in enrolling more than 181,000 Minnesotans in health coverage, but questions remain about its long-term ability to generate revenue and function as originally promised.

MNsure officials haven’t disclosed the identify of the winning bidder, or the cost of the new contract, and won’t do so until the deal is approved by federal officials.

Leitz told the Star Tribune he expects the new company to start work later this month, the Star Tribune reports. 

Seven companies submitted bids on the multimillion-dollar contract, including Engagepoint, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., company that has been coordinating technical work on the health insurance exchange since the Minnesota officials took project management duties from its original contractor last year.

That company, Maximus, is not among the current bidders. Engagepoint was originally hired to design billing and other financial management activities for MNsure.

The list of bidders for the new contract also includes Deloitte Consulting LLC, which bid on the original MNsure contract but was unable to come to terms with the state on a deal. Deloitte was hired by four of the 14 other states that chose to build their own insurance exchanges, including a well-regarded system in Connecticut that will soon be implemented in Maryland, the paper reports. 

The announcement comes on the heels of another by the state’s legislative auditor Wednesday that he plans to conduct a thorough, independent review of the troubled launch of Minnesota's health insurance exchange.

"The evaluation will be a comprehensive, in-depth evaluation of many issues related to the development of the website but also many other issues as well," Legislative Auditor Nobles told a House-Senate MNsure oversight committee. 

The exact scope of the inquiry is still being determined, he says.

Republican lawmakers had hoped to use Wednesday's hearing to raise questions about what Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and other administration officials knew about MNsure's problems in the weeks before its Oct. 1 rollout, and when they knew it.

But they said afterward that they're confident Nobles will do a thorough job, The Associated Press reports. 

Reached for comment, a MNsure spokesperson said the office "welcomes" the review. "We are happy to cooperate fully as they examine MNsure's operations, and in the interest of complete transparency, we are prepared to comply with any request they make of us."

MNsure must be financially self-sustaining in 2015. The agency is funded from a small percentage of premiums paid to commercial health insurers.

Next Up

eggs

As part of price gouging settlement, farm to donate 1M eggs to food nonprofits

The egg producer will donate more than 1 million eggs to nonprofits fighting hunger.

plane, Piper PA-32

Sheriff: Witnesses saw plane 'performing aerial maneuvers' before fatal crash

The single-engine aircraft went down in northern Wisconsin, killing a brother and sister.

Screen Shot 2021-10-25 at 8.51.02 AM

Community rallies around Minnetonka HS dancer battling brain tumor

A fundraiser raised more than $44,000 of its $60,000 goal in the first two days.

twin city gardens

In rare move, MDH takes control of Minneapolis nursing home

The temporary receivership is to ensure resident safety.

Sen Mark Koran crop

Lawmaker deletes post encouraging donations to family charged in Capitol riot

Sen. Mark Koran, in his Facebook post, described them as "a good family!"

Screen Shot 2021-05-27 at 11.04.26 AM

Mother charged with beating daughter to death ruled incompetent

The case against the Woodbury woman will be put "indeterminately suspended."

msp airport

Employers at MSP Airport seeking to hire 700-plus workers

Employers include restaurants, retail, hotel, airlines and security.

Screen Shot 2021-10-23 at 9.38.43 PM

Driver who died in Hwy. 100 embankment rollover is identified

The 30-year-old was killed in the Saturday evening crash.

best buy

Best Buy launches another pre-Black Friday sale, the Early Deals Event

This latest round of discounts is available through Oct. 31.

dave chappelle

Dave Chappelle to perform at Target Center in Minneapolis

The comedian is screen his new documentary at part of the 10-city tour.

Related