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Medica open again for 2017 individual market enrollment

1/31/2017 9:19:35 AM

For Immediate Release:

Effective this morning (January 31, 2017), Minnesotans who buy their own health insurance will again be able to enroll in coverage for 2017 from Medica.

Medica previously limited its 2017 statewide enrollment to 50,000 in order to ensure its capacity to serve its customers. On November 11, 2016, Medica reported that it had reached this limit. As a result, new enrollment was closed except for current Medica customers seeking to renew their coverage for 2017. 

This week, Medica provided data to the Minnesota Commerce Department that shows fewer people than expected renewed their Medica plans. Medica’s 2017 enrollment has fallen below the set limit, so it is again accepting new enrollments for 2017. 

Medica policies are available for purchase only through MNsure.

Because of the 25 percent state premium subsidy signed into law last week by Governor Dayton, there is a one-week special enrollment period to provide Minnesotans additional time to purchase health insurance in the individual market for 2017. This special enrollment period runs from Wednesday, February 1, through Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Enrollment during this special enrollment period is for coverage that begins on March 1. 

In addition, under a separate special enrollment period, Minnesotans who had 2016 Blue Cross or HealthPartners coverage that was discontinued for 2017 can still enroll in coverage with another insurer through February 28, 2017. Enrollment by January 31 will make coverage effective on February 1. Enrollment by February 28 will make coverage effective on March 1. 

Minnesotans who are looking to buy their own health insurance in the individual market are encouraged to visit the MNsure website or call MNsure at 1-855-366-7873. MNsure can help Minnesotans determine their eligibility for federal tax credits which automatically reduce monthly premiums and are available only for coverage purchased through MNsure. 

Media Contact:
Ross Corson
Director of Communications
Minnesota Department of Commerce
P: 651-539-1463 | C: 651-368-5050 |



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