The Free Press, Mankato, MN

July 30, 2013

Hearings today on state health insurance

The Free Press
The Mankato Free Press

---- — MANKATO — Public hearings for enrollees in the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, a high-risk health insurance pool, will be held in Blue Earth, Nicollet, Waseca and other counties by teleconference Tuesday morning.

Officials in St. Paul will present information on camera about the transition from the health association to MNsure, the state’s upcoming health insurance marketplace.

The public can listen in and ask questions from 10 a.m. to noon at one of the 25 participating county sites. The sites in this region are the Blue Earth County Government Center, 410 S. 5th Street on the third floor, in Mankato; the Nicollet County Government Center, 501 S. Minnesota Avenue, in St. Peter; and Waseca County Public Health, 299 Johnson Avenue SW, in Waseca.

The transition is occurring because the health association was instituted for people with pre-existing conditions who could not get private sector coverage. But, due to health care reforms, insurance companies cannot deny coverage for this reason, so the health association has less of a reason to exist.

There are about 26,000 Minnesotans in the health association.