|By Christopher Snowbeck, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Another 3,300 state residents have used the health exchange website to determine eligibility for the
"In total, if you look at people in the enrollment process, 3,769 are in that process," said
Individuals in the process of paying for health insurance policies from private carriers are not yet enrolled in the plans, insurance companies say, because MNsure has not yet transmitted data to the companies.
The numbers released Wednesday are the most detailed look yet at how people are using the state's health exchange, which
Among small business shoppers, four companies have completed the plan set-up process, which would allow workers at those firms to select a health plan in December.
In the market for individual policies, 12,000 people have created website accounts that would allow them to obtain coverage through MNsure, while 5,569 website users have completed applications to learn if they will get federal tax credits to lower the cost of coverage.
MNsure officials on Wednesday also announced the finalization of outreach grant awards. Twenty-nine groups will split about
Legislators criticized MNsure in September for not including an African-American community group among the list of grantees; as a result, MNsure is going through the process of expanding the grant program, although those awards have not yet been announced. Among the 29 winners finalized on Wednesday, six groups serve African-Americans, Todd-Malmlov said.
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