MNsure goes live, site opens a little later than expected


Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace is active.

MNsure went live Tuesday, after a slight delay pushed the opening of the site into the afternoon. The Star Tribune reports, that MNsure launched around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

While the site is up and running, it wasn't without its glitches according to a Minnesota Public Radio report. Some links of the site opened to unavailable pages.

Also certain aspects of MNsure that are not quite ready yet. MPR, also reports that MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov said there would be some delays in certain aspects of the site, including for small businesses who want to buy insurance for their employees.

Todd-Malmlov also asked that Native Americans wait a week before they sign up, because the system was having trouble with special provisions for tribal members.

The Pioneer Press reports, that consumers can survey options according to ZIP code. Premiums in Minnesota will vary depending on a person's age, where they live and whether they smoke.

While there was a delay in Minnesota to get the site up and running, for some perspective, Bloomberg is reporting that it was a tough opening for many of the exchanges nationwide, with heavy traffic, and some sites struggling to handle it.

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