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MNsure stats will determine if changes are needed [UPDATED]

Published 10:28am Thursday, April 3, 2014 Updated 12:29pm Thursday, April 3, 2014

MNsure leaders need to release more enrollment data — and the sooner the better.

With the enrollment deadline past, only limited statistics have been released about MNsure. As of Friday, more than 152,000 Minnesotans had either enrolled in private insurance plans or qualified for government-subsidized public plans.

However, little more is known about the MNsure enrollees. It’s not known how many of the 400,000 previously uninsured Minnesotans have enrolled. It’s also not know how many people in Otter Tail County signed up for MNsure.

These are key statistics in determining how well MNsure has performed. One key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act was to bring health care to the uninsured. We need to know if that’s happening.

We also need to know whether the roughly 152,000 enrollees are largely from the Twin Cities or if this region of Minnesota has a proportional number of sign-ups.

This is information the public needs soon. Minnesotans had until Monday to enroll for health insurance coverage or face federal tax penalties under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Gov. Mark Dayton has said MNsure success can’t be fully measured in one year. We agree, but the public must know more about the people signing up before people can judge how successful MNsure has been and what can be done to improve it.

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