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HEALTH INSURANCE: Dayton announces oversight board for MNsure

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    Wednesday, March 20 2013 8:48 PM EDT2013-03-21 00:48:51 GMT
    On Wednesday, Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that will establish a new marketplace allowing Minnesotans to compare and purchase health care insurance policies online.
    On Wednesday, Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law a bill that will establish a new marketplace allowing Minnesotans to compare and purchase health care insurance policies online.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Under the Affordable Care Act, each state is required to have an insurance exchange -- and Gov. Dayton announced who will oversee the online plan exchange in Minnesota on Tuesday.

"The individuals chosen to serve on this board represent a broad diversity of experience and expertise," Dayton said of the appointees. "Their collective breadth of knowledge, and each board member's shared commitment to the successful development and delivery of this new health care marketplace, will serve the best interests of all Minnesotans."

The one-stop, online shopping website dubbed MNsure will offer health insurance options to those who are do not currently have coverage. It is expected to be available for use by Oct. 1.

Dayton selected seven people to serve on the oversight board for the exchange. Among them are a vice president at General Mills, a retired OBGYN doctor, the Human Services director for the Fon du Lac Nation, and former executive director of the AFSCME union, Peter Benner.

"In my mind, the most important thing we will do with MNsure is finally make health care and health insurance affordable to hundreds and hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans for whom, right now, it is not affordable," Benner said.

The governor's office received 112 applications for the positions, which will be served in staggered four-year terms. With the exception of the Commissioner of Human Services, all members will be limited to two terms.

The full list of appointees can be found below:

- Thompson Aderinkomi, founder and CEO of RetraceHealth

- Pete Benner, former executive director of AFSCME Council 6

- Brian Beutner, CEO of mPay Gateway

- Kathryn Duevel, retired OBGYN physician with Affiliated Community Medical Care

- Tom Forsythe, vice president of global communications at General Mills

- Lucinda Jesson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services

- Phil Norgaard, director of Human Services for the Fon du Lac Reservation

MORE INFORMATION: http://mn.gov/governor/newsroom/pressreleasedetail.jsp?id=102-58936


JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

The board will hold its first meeting in May, and will be responsible for:

- Establishing the budget for MNsure

- Employing personnel and delegate responsibilities

- Establishing certification requirements for insurance producers

- Establishing certification requirements for health carriers and plans

- Establishing selection and qualification procedures and policies

- Establishing policies and procedures for navigation, in-person assistance, call center operation and customer service guidelines to be implemented Jan. 1, 2015.

- Making customer assistance accessible for those with disabilities

- Creating advisory committees as needed.


LEADING THE PACK

Minnesota is ahead of the game when it comes to other states creating health exchanges. In fact, only Maryland and Washington are also this far along.

"As the governor said, we're ahead of most other states in what we're doing," said Beutner. "There will be hiccups along the way. Everybody has their own internal ideal of what it can be, and I think our charge is to make it work for as many people as well as possible."


Online resource:

- MNsure exchange information: http://www.mn.gov/hix/

 

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