MNsure open enrollment

by Mary Rains
Mille Lacs Health System

It’s almost time for the start of the upcoming open enrollment period for MNsure. Minnesotans are encouraged to make a plan to shop again on MNsure to make certain they are getting the most comprehensive health coverage for the best price. MNsure’s open enrollment period for 2015 coverage beginning January 1, 2015, starts on November 15, 2014. This is for new enrollees and also those who should be renewing their plans.

To guarantee every Minnesotan secures the financial help they are eligible for, consumers who enrolled in private insurance plans through MNsure in 2014 are urged to return to MNsure to shop for their coverage for 2015. Only through the MNsure marketplace will consumers be able to shop, compare and find out if they qualify for financial help. Even if they didn’t qualify in 2014, many people will qualify for financial help in 2015. Open enrollment for all Minnesotans—new enrollees and those who need to renew their coverage—begins November 15. Members of federally-recognized Indian tribes and participants in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) can enroll for health coverage through MNsure year-round.

As part of the ramp-up to November 15, MNsure will unveil more user-friendly web pages on November 5 to make finding information simpler, including navigation of the online assister directory. The website refresh also will include a new homepage design, improved navigation and new typography to make scanning and reading content easier.

Free, in-person MNsure help is available with trained assisters at Mille Lacs Health System. “Sitting down with us, we can answer all of your questions and walk you through the enrollment process,” says Sue Hackenmueller, MLHS trained assister. “Remember that MNsure is the only place Minnesotans can find out if they are eligible for cost savings such as premium tax credits, low-cost or even no-cost insurance.”

Appointments are preferred. Call 320-532-2655.