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Commerce Department to hold Virtual Public Meetings via Videoconference in 25 county locations to gather input on MCHA Transition Plan

July 29, 2013

For Immediate Release:

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Department of Commerce will hold a public meeting via videoconference Tuesday, July 30, 2013 between 10:00am – 12:00pm (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

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:

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

Tuesday, July 30
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Building Street City
Department of Human Services 444 Lafayette Road, Room 5137 St. Paul
Anoka County 2100 3rd Avenue, Room 238  Anoka
Becker County Human Services 712 Minnesota Avenue Detroit Lakes
Blue Earth County  410 South 5th Street 3rd. Fl., River Room Mankato
Chisago County 313 North Main Street, Rm. 106 Center City
Carlton County 301 Walnut Street Carlton
Cook County Social Services Dept 411 West Second Street Grand Marais
Fairbault County Human Services 412 North Nicollet Blue Earth
Freeborn County 203 West Clark Street, Room 128 Albert Lea
Isanti County Family Services 1700 E. Rum River Drive S., Suite A Cambridge
Lyon County Southwest HHS 607 W. Main Street, Courthouse 1st Fl Marshall
Martin County Human Services 115 W. 1st Street Fairmount
Meeker County Social Services 114 North Holcombe Avenue, Room 1 Litchfield
Morrison County Social Services/Public Health 213 SE 1st Avenue Little Falls
Nicollet County  501 South Minnesota Ave, EOC Room Saint Peter
Olmsted County 2100 Campus Drive, Room 243 Rochester
Pine County Human Services 130 Oriole Street East, 1st Floor Sandstone
Ramsey County Human Services 160 E. Kellogg Blvd, Room 3150 St. Paul
Renville County 410 E. DePue, Room 121B Olivia
Sherburne County Courthouse 13880 Hwy 10, Pine Room Elk River
St. Louis County Government Center 320 W. 2nd Street, Room 609 Duluth
St. Louis County 307 S. 1st Street, Room 3F Virginia
Steele County 630 Florence Avenue, Room 30 Owatonna
Todd County South County Health Alliance 212 2nd Avenue South  Long Prairie
Wadena County Social Services SCHA 124 1st Street Southeast, Board Room Wadena
Waseca County Public Health SCHA 299 Johnson Avenue Southwest Waseca

Video streaming links:

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