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
2030 North Arlington Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811