MNsure may need more funding


MNsure is coming under more scrutiny from legislators and Gov. Dayton, according to many media sources. The StarTribune quotes Gov. Mark Dayton admitting Friday that MNsure fell far short of the mark but saying it was not "for lack of intent or professional desire."

While the legislative auditor investigates and legislators conduct inquiries, Minnesotans continue to have problems and officials are troubleshooting the site on the fly.

The company hired to lead the effort, Reston, Va.-based Maximus, has been asked to pull back. Questions are being raised about whether that decision is doing more harm than good.

More information is expected when Optum, the United Health Group subsidiary contracted by the state to assess the mess, releases its report next week.

The Associated Press reports that MNsure officials are saying they might need additional funds because enrollment in private insurance programs has been lower than forecast, only 85 percent of the lowest projections. Expenses have been higher than predicted because of all the problems.

MNsure's initial funding came mostly from the federal government, but ongoing costs are supposed to be covered by a 1.5 percent tax on private insurance sold through the exchange.

Next Up

Trevor May

Report: Trevor May leaving Twins to sign with Mets

The right-hander will sign a two-year deal to head to New York

Car crash

'Grim' milestone: Minnesota's traffic deaths reach 364, tying 2019 total

“With fewer vehicles on the road during the 2020 pandemic, the loss of life on Minnesota roads is beyond disappointing."

Devin Weiland

Charges: Albert Lea man, 21, fired around 90 shots at police, residents

Weiland was arrested after a standoff that lasted more than eight hours.

Body storage warehouse

Body storage warehouse 'ready if needed for COVID-19 fatality management'

The warehouse is currently storing PPE and testing supplies.


Signs come down at Giordano's restaurant in Uptown

It appears the restaurant has closed for good.

State Capitol.

Walz eyes COVID-19 relief package totaling $300-$600 million amid budget surplus

The state forecasted a budget surplus for the remainder of the biennium.

Bar beer

Walz non-committal on extension of restaurant, gym closures

He has suggested that the ban on mixing with people outside your household could continue over Christmas.

scratch lottery ticket

State lottery: Don't give scratch-offs as gifts to minors

The Minnesota Lottery participates in an annual responsible gambling campaign focusing on underage lottery play during the holidays.

Marijuana, cannabis

Minnesota adds 2 more qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

There will be 17 conditions that qualify people to obtain medical marijuana in Minnesota.

Matt Birk

Ex-Viking Matt Birk confirms interest in future run for governor

The next gubernatorial election in Minnesota is Nov. 8, 2022.

Screen Shot 2020-12-01 at 10.59.59 AM

Handsome Hog in St. Paul to close temporarily

Executive chef Justin Sutherland cited inaction by state and federal leaders during the COVID-19 pandemic.