MNsure seeks $55 million from feds to fund jobs, technology, marketing

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There's a pricetag for affordable coverage. Minnesota's health insurance exchange MNsure is asking the federal government for a $55 million federal grant.

The Associated Press reports that the money would fund MNsure's operations in its first year. The majority of the request would pay the salaries of about 166 employees who would staff the state exchange, but the grant would also go to technology, marketing, customer service, administration and other items.

Five previous federal grants to Minnesota's exchange totaled $110 million.

The exchange is expected to be sustaining through a premium tax of up to 3.5 percent on insurance plans. MNsure is scheduled to begin operating on Oct. 1.

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