Tax credit notices sent to MNsure applicants following website glitch

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Following a glitch in MNsure's website over federal tax credit calculations, the state's new health care agency has started sending out notices to applicants who may be eligible for discounted premiums, the Pioneer Press reported.

MNsure said notices were sent out to about 7,500 applicants Monday, although the organization didn't say how many of those people received incorrect information.

The Star Tribune reported last week that state and county officials would be double-checking more than 30,000 applications because of the glitch.

Applications were being checked again to determine whether people who qualified for public programs (such as Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare) or tax credits to lower the costs of premiums were given correct information.

According to the Pioneer Press, some applicants 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.

A MNsure spokesman said in an email to the paper Monday that state workers spent the holiday weekend re-checking about 9,200 applications, and 20,000-25,000 more will be checked again by counties across the state.

"We expect all to be done by Saturday," Jeremy Drucker said.

The state's health care exchange was established in connection with the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obama­care.

Minnesotans must enroll by Dec. 23 for their MNsure health benefits to take effect by Jan. 1.

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