MNsure unsure proper tax credits were assigned

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MNsure is making double sure applicants are getting the benefits they are entitled to before the program begins Jan. 1, the Star Tribune reports.

Program spokeswoman Jenni Bowring-McDonough said Wednesday that state and county officials will double-check 30,000 to 40,000 applications for the state's new health exchange.

The effort will determine whether applicants qualified for public programs (such as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare) or for tax credits to lower the costs of premiums under MNsure were given correct information.

According to the Pioneer Press, some people were wrongly told by the MNsure website that they didn't qualify for tax credits or were given incorrect estimates for the size of their credits.

"In some instances, there has been a glitch," MN sure spokesman John Reich told the paper.

He noted that "a whole bunch of folks" went through the system "just fine."

Reich did not disclose how many people were affected.

The current number of people enrolled in the program won't be made public until the December meeting of the MNsure board.

According to the Star Tribune, MNsure received 15,268 completed applications between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2.

Minnesotans must enroll by Dec. 23 for their MNsure health benefits to take effect by the first of the year.

MNsure was established in connection with the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama­care.

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