abc
QUICK LINKS:

MNsure Monthly Premiums Likely to Increase Significantly

Updated: 07/09/2014 11:15 PM
Created: 07/09/2014 11:13 PM WDIO.com
By: Jay Kolls

The head of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans gave a hint of what might come soon to those who pay for health insurance coverage through MNsure, Minnesota's health care exchange.

Julie Brunner is the Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. That's the professional association for the HMOs that offer health coverage through MNsure. Brunner recently told a University of Minnesota symposium that she would "not be surprised if the health plans increased their rates by eight, 10, or even 12 percent."

Gov. Mark Dayton tells WDIO sister station KSTP he would be disappointed by such a large percentage increase in premiums. But, the Governor pointed out Minnesota still has the lowest rates in the country and his goal is to keep it that way.

Dayton also says Brunner is entitled to her opinion. "No one knows what the rates will be when they are approved and announced in November," Brunner said.

Minnesota does not allow public disclosure of rate negotiations, by law. University of Minnesota professor, Larry Jacobs, says the public will start to get a very good idea of what the rates will be long before the November elections, even though the political strategy appears to indicate elected incumbents want the new rates withheld until after the elections.

Jacobs says it will be tough to keep the MNsure rate issue below the radar and the strategy might backfire for incumbents.

Front Page

  • State Patrol Investigating Fatal Accident Near Floodwood

    The Minnesota State Patrol says they are investigating a fatal two-vehicle accident on Highway 2 near Floodwood.

  • Up-Close Look at Winter Layup in the Port

    U.S. Flag Fleets transport more than 115 million tons of cargo per year, but all of that weight combined with last year's heavy ice, means a lot of repair damage during this year's winter layup.

  • Beargrease 2015: Crossing the Finish Line

    For first-time mushers and veterans, there's just something about crossing that Beargrease finish line. Erin Altemus, who took fourth place in the marathon, said it's the same for the dogs. "There is a psychological thing about that," she said. "They sort of understand that they're at the end."

  • Anderson Takes Top Spot in Tight Beargrease Finish

    After more than 300 miles on the trail, musher Ryan Anderson and his team clinched first place in the 31st annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. His team of 11 pulled into the finish line at Billy's Bar in Duluth just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. This is Anderson's second full-distance win. He won the marathon back in 2011 when he beat out musher Nathan Schroeder by just 20 seconds

  • 17-Time Beargrease Finisher 'A Special Musher'

    Four-time Beargrease champion Jamie Nelson finished the marathon for the 17th time on Wednesday. Her handler and longtime friend says her success and longevity is no coincidence. "Jamie's a special musher."

 

Freezing Rain Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Clay; East Becker; East Otter Tail; East Polk; Grant; Hubbard; Mahnomen; Norman; North Beltrami; North Clearwater; Pennington; Red Lake; South Beltrami; South Clearwater; Wadena; West Becker; West Otter Tail; West Polk
Expires: 1/29/2015 4:00 AM

Freezing Rain Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Carlton, South St. Louis; Central St. Louis; Crow Wing; Koochiching; North Cass; North Itasca; North St. Louis; Northern Aitkin; Northern Cook, Northern Lake; Pine; South Aitkin; South Cass; South Itasca; Southern Cook, North Shore; Southern Lake, North Shore
Expires: 1/29/2015 6:00 AM

Freezing Rain Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Ashland; Bayfield; Burnett; Douglas; Iron
Expires: 1/29/2015 6:00 AM

Freezing Rain Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Price; Sawyer; Washburn
Expires: 1/29/2015 6:00 AM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement