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Commerce Department to hold second Public Meeting in Saint Paul to gather input on MCHA Transition Plan

July 12, 2013

For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce will hold a public meeting Monday, July 15, 2013 between 5:00 – 6:30 pm at the Rondo Community Outreach Library to gather public input that best addresses the transition to new health coverage for people who have been enrolled in the state’s high risk health insurance pool, Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA). 

In response to changes in health insurance due to the Minnesota Insurance Marketplace Act, which passed during the 2013 legislative session and tasked the Commerce Department to determine the need for, and implement a phase-out and eventual appropriate termination of coverage provided by MCHA the Commerce Department is seeking public comment on the draft transition plan released June 30, 2013.

The public comment period for the draft transition plan is open through the month of July.  The Commerce Department, in consultation with MCHA, has identified the following key goals to guide the transition plan: 

  • Review and analyze key financial, operation, enrollee, and other data;
  • A safe and orderly transition process; 
  • Ensure the least amount of disruption to the enrollees;
  • Minimal disruption to the health insurance markets;
  • Regular and accurate communication and outreach to assist enrollees in their transition process; 
  • Minimize MCHA tax and cost burden on the public and health insurance markets; 
  • Sufficient notice to current enrollees to take advantage of opportunities available in the marketplace in 2014; and 
  • Opportunities for public comment and feedback.

The Commerce Department outlined a timeline of key dates and opportunities for public comment.

MCHA Transition Plan Development Timeline

May 1, 2013 – June 15, 2013: 
June 1, 2013 – June 30, 2013:
July 1, 2013 – July 31, 2013:  
August 1, 2013 – August 31, 2013: 
August 31, 2013:
September 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013:
October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014:    

Open Enrollment Period for MNsure
Gather Public Comment
Prepare Draft of Transition Plan
Gather Public Comment on Draft Transition Plan
Develop Final Transition Plan
Issue Final Transition Plan
Provide Information to MCHA Enrollees Prior to Open Enrollment                    


Minnesota Department of Commerce
Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA)


Public Meeting to Discuss MCHA Transition Plan


Monday, July 15
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.


Rondo Community Outreach Library 
Multipurpose Room
461 Dale Street North
Saint Paul, MN 55104