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Health Insurance Exchange Task Force to Visit Moorhead Thursday

July 24, 2012

For Immediate Release

MOORHEAD, MN – A Task Force advising the Minnesota Department of Commerce in the design and development of a new health insurance marketplace for Minnesota consumers will visit Moorhead on Thursday, July 26 from 1:00-3:00pm. The 15-member task force, chaired by Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman, is comprised of consumers, employers, health care providers, insurers, insurance agents, state legislators, and other health care experts.

The Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force has been working since October of last year, engaging more than 200 stakeholders on ten technical work groups to design an exchange for Minnesota – a tool that 1.2 million Minnesotans are expected to use beginning in 2013 to find quality, affordable health coverage for themselves, their families, and their businesses. Commissioner Mike Rothman says it is important to hold public meetings and gather public input across the state as this important work continues.

“We want to bring everyone to the table, hear all perspectives, and work together to develop an exchange that fits our state’s unique economy and nation-leading health care system,” said Commissioner Rothman. “Ultimately, one-in-five Minnesotans are expected to use the exchange to find and purchase health insurance. Therefore, it is critical that the public has an opportunity to participate in this process, provide feedback, and guide the work of this Task Force.”

The average Minnesota family purchasing insurance through Minnesota’s health insurance exchange will save roughly $500 per year in health care costs. By 2016, about 300,000 currently uninsured Minnesotans will access quality coverage through the exchange. Another 200,000 small business employers and employees will access coverage through the exchange, saving up to 7.5 percent in premium costs for small group coverage. Approximately 700,000 Minnesotans will enroll in public health care programs through the exchange. 

The Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force will meet Thursday, July 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Concordia College in the Knutson Campus Center, Jones AB Room, 901 -8th Street S, Moorhead. Members of the press are invited to attend. The main topics on the agenda are:
  • A summary of final rules on IRS Premium Tax Credits and Essential Health Benefits
  • A presentation of Public Education and Outreach Market Research
  • Recommendations from the Adverse Selection Work Group
Parking is adjacent to the Knutson Campus Center (Location Map). Audio Conferencing is also available for the meeting for those who are not able to attend in person. (Toll-free dial-in number [U.S. and Canada]: 888-742-5095. Conference code: 4480609734. [Intl dial-in number: 619-377-3319]). 

The Public Education and Outreach Market Research presentation can be viewed live online during the presentation. For instructions on how to view the presentation, please contact Kathy Easthagen at Kathy.Easthagen@state.mn.us or 651-539-1332. 

More information about the design and development of the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange can be found on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website or the Health Reform Minnesota website

WHO:              
Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force

WHAT:           
Planning Meeting

WHERE:         
Concordia College
Knutson Campus Center, Jones AB Room 
901 -8th Street S, Moorhead

WHEN:           
Thursday, July 26
1:00 – 3:00 pm