"thanks to stakeholders who have dedicated countless hours of effort."
Minnesota receives a $1 million planning grant from the federal government to fund the initial stages of planning a health insurance exchange.
A Request for Proposals was issued for prototypes to evaluate technical options and costs for an Exchange. The RFP is a two-stage “proof of concept” approach.
Minnesota receives a $4.2 million grant to advance planning to the design and development stage.
A Health Exchange Advisory Task Force is assembled to advise on the design and development of a Minnesota-made health insurance exchange. The members represent a balance of interests including consumers, employers, labor, health care providers, health insurers, Medicaid, agents and those with experience navigating health plan enrollment, and experts in public and private health care markets and public health improvement.
Governor Mark Dayton signed Executive Order 11-30 to create a Minnesota-Made Insurance Exchange. The exchange is being developed with assistance from the Minnesota Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force, and by a partnership of state agencies that include the Minnesota Department of Commerce, the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Management and Budget and MN.IT Services.
Stage II vendors for the IT RFP are selected and awarded stipends to create prototypes and detailed cost, work plan and timeline proposals.
Technical Work Groups are formed to develop, discuss, and provide technical assistance on options to the Commerce Commissioner and the Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force. The four initial groups are: Governance; Finance; Adverse Selection and Encouraging Market Competition/Value; and Navigators and Agents/Brokers.
Sample modules from vendors seeking to build the IT infrastructure for the exchange are made available to the public. Feedback is documented and used in the evaluation assessment of the vendor’s proposal.
The Advisory Task Force votes for recommendations that should be the basis for the development of a Minnesota-made health insurance exchange. Legislation based on the recommendations is introduced in the 2012 session by Representative Atkins and Senator Lourey.
Minnesota receives a $23 million grant for the design and development of the exchange.
Additional Technical Work Groups are initiated. They are: Individual Eligibility; IT and Operations; Measurement and Reporting; Outreach, Communications and Marketing; Plan Certification; and Small Employers and Employees.
Minnesota meets with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a design review to assess progress on IT and operational functions of an exchange.
Minnesota enters into a $41 million dollar contract with MAXIMUS, Inc. to design and develop the technical capabilities, including a consumer-friendly website, for the health insurance exchange and Medicaid modernization.
A market research project to inform public education and outreach efforts is completed and a report is presented to the Advisory Task Force and the Health Care Reform Task Force.
Minnesota receives a $42.5 million grant to advance development of the exchange.
Blueprint certification application submitted to federal government.
Minnesota receives conditional approval to open a Minnesota health insurance exchange.
Minnesota receives a $39.3 million grant to continue development of the exchange marketplace.
State-based exchange authority signed into law
MNsure name & logo unveiled
In-Person Assister & Navigator program finalized
Public education & outreach campaign begins
Filing of health insurance plans with Commerce & MDH begins
System usability testing
Plan review complete
Assistance Network training
MNsure at MN State Fair
Call Center opens
October 1, 2013
Start date for consumer and small employer enrollment.
January 1, 2014
Plan coverage begins.