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

July 11, 2013

For Immediate Release:

DULUTH, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce will hold a public meeting Thursday, July 11, 2013 between 2:30pm – 4:00pm at the Duluth Public Safety Building – Training Room 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:                                    Gather Public Comment

June 1, 2013 – June 30, 2013:                                   Prepare Draft of Transition Plan

July 1, 2013 – July 31, 2013:                                      Gather Public Comment on Draft Transition Plan

August 1, 2013 – August 31, 2013:                             Develop Final Transition Plan

August 31, 2013:                                                         Issue Final Transition Plan

September 1, 2013 – September 30, 2013:               Provide Information to MCHA Enrollees Prior to Open Enrollment

October 1, 2013 – March 31, 2014:                           Open Enrollment Period for MNsure


Minnesota Department of Commerce

Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA)


Public Meeting to Discuss MCHA Transition Plan


Thursday, July 11

2:30pm – 4:00pm


Duluth Public Safety Building

Training Room

2030 North Arlington Avenue

Duluth, MN 55811