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Commerce Department to hold Virtual Public Meetings via Videoconference in 28 county locations to gather input on MCHA Transition Plan

July 19, 2013

For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce will hold a public meeting via videoconference Monday, July 22, 2013 between 1:30pm – 3:30pm (county locations listed below) 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.

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:

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

Open Enrollment Period for MNsure


Minnesota Department of Commerce
Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA)


Public Meeting to Discuss MCHA Transition Plan


Monday, July 22
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Building Street City
Department of Human Services 444 Lafayette Road, Room 5137 St. Paul
Aitkin County Courthous 209 2nd Street NW Aitkin
Cass County South County Health Alliance 400 Michigan Avenue Walker
Clay County Family Services 715 11th Street North Moorhead
Crow Wing County Social Services 204 Laurel Street, Room 31H Brainerd
Douglas County Human Services 809 Elm Street, Suite 1186 Alexandria
Fillmore County 101 Fillmore Street, Board Room Preston
Goodhue County Government Center 509 W. 5th Street Red Wing
Hennepin County 300 South 6th Street, Room A1713 Minneapolis
Itasca County Human Services 123 Northeast 4th Street Grand Rapids
Kanabec County Courthouse 18 North Vine Street, Room 3 Mora
Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building 2200 23rd Street NE Room 1070 Willmar
Koochiching County 715  4th Street International Falls
LeSueur County 88 S. Park Avenue Le Center
McLeod County Social Service Center 2385 Hennepin Ave North Glencoe
Marshall County Social Services 208 E. Colvin Avenue Warren
Mille Lacs County Family Services 525 Second Street SE Milaca
Mower County EM 201 1st St. Northeast, Board Room Austin
Nobles County 315 10th Street 3rd Fl. Worthington
Otter Tail County Government Services Center 550 West First Avenue Fergus Falls
Polk County Government Center 612 North Broadway Room 302 Crookston
Rice County Government Services Bldg 320 NW 3rd Street, Room 3A Fairbault
Scott County Law Enforcement Center 301 Fuller Street South, Room LA203 Shakopee
Stearns County Human Services 705 Courthouse Square, Room 333 St. Cloud
Stevens County Human Services 400 Colorado Ave, Suite 104 Morris
Wabasha County SCHA County Services Building 411 Hiawatha Drive East Wabasha
Washington County Law Enforcement Center 15015 - 62nd Street North Stillwater
Wright County Human Services 1004 Commercial Drive Buffalo
Winona County Community Services 60 West Third Street, Lower Level Room A   Winona

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