|By Mike Klein, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
That's what the Affordable Care Act intended to provide health-care plan buyers, in hopes that competition would reduce cost.
And it's worked out that way in most areas: Consumers in
And not a very comprehensive one either. It's a silver level
"It's very, very disappointing," said
Since the site opened
The ACA, which will mandate that all Americans get health insurance, requires that all states provide insurance exchanges such as MNsure to provide an "apples-to-apples" comparisons of health plans from multiple insurers and an easy way to enroll. Low-income people who sign up receive assistance when enrolling to cut the cost.
Elsewhere in southeastern
"They (Mayo) may say here's our price list, take it or leave it, and insurance companies are saying it's hard to meet people's expectations for affordable insurance when we have to pay these kind of prices to providers,"
In an emailed statement,
Multiple factors have driven a different strategy for plans in
MNsure has heard complaints about the issue, and it's working with the Departments of Health and Commerce, and are legislators, to seek solutions, said
"The board does not have the authority to require that insurers offer plans in a specific geographic area for plan year 2014,"
There may be more plan options soon for
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