The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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October 16, 2013

MNsure signs up 3,700 so far for health insurance

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Enrollment data under the federal health-care changes has been hard to come by in the opening weeks. Details about enrollment in the 36 states with exchanges being operated by the federal government won't be available until sometime in November. Data has been available only in some of the 14 states including Minnesota that are operating their own exchanges.

Another state running its exchange, Kentucky, had reported more than 18,000 people had enrolled by the end of last week. But other states weren't nearly that far along. Oregon has yet to even open its exchange because of rampant technical problems.

Mitch Grussing, a self-employed musician from St. Paul, told the MNsure board on Wednesday that he had successfully signed up for coverage through the site. There were a few technical glitches, he said, and he was still waiting for the ability to make his initial payment. But Grussing said he would save about $35 a month on his premium from his previous insurance, that his deductible would be cut in half and that he'd be eligible for more office visits.

"I would say MNsure has done its job, at least for me," Grussing said. "I got exactly what I wanted to get out of it."

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