MNsure facing House oversight committee

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MNsure interim CEO Scott Leitz is in Washington Thursday to testify about the state's online health insurance exchange.

Lawmakers invited Leitz, along with representatives from other “problem-filled state exchanges,” to face questions from the House Oversight Committee about MNsure's troubled start.

The congressional hearing is being called “Examining ObamaCare’s Problem-Filled State Exchanges.”

Also testifying are exchange officials from Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon and California.

Leitz says he plans to tell officials Minnesota's exchange is “stable, secure and successful,” and working better today than when he took over in December.

MinnPost reports Leitz will highlight the 169,005 Minnesotans who signed up for health care plans under the Affordable Care Act through MNsure, according to testimony posted by the committee Wednesday.

He will acknowledge MNsure's early technical problems, but says there have been improvements since former executive director April Todd-Malmlov resigned in December, including executing an outside review of the exchange, improving website software and beefing up call center staffing.

“The ACA is more than a website,” he will say. “It's about getting real people and families in to affordable, comprehensive health coverage. This is something we are doing well in Minnesota.”

Watch the testimony here

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