Obamacare Report Card Facts:
Meet Projections: MNsure still has not met original projections for private plan enrollment. Original projections called for private plan enrollments of between 164,000 and 270,000 Minnesotans in 2014. After the troubled launch of MNsure, on October 16, 2013 MNsure released their own projections showing they sought to enroll 102,800 Minnesotans on the individual market. To date, MNsure has enrolled fewer than 52,000 Minnesotans. (“Consolidated Fiscal Note — 2013-14 Session HF0005, March 4, 2013) (Previous fiscal notes, Dr. Jon Gruber, Wakely Consulting, DHS “2014 Enrollment Goals” MNsure, October 16, 2013) (“enrollment update” MNsure, June 8, 2014)
Cover The Uninsured: MNsure has not furnished any findings detailing how many MNsure enrollees were previously uninsured.
Enroll Young Invincibles: “Young Invincibles” are one of the key groups needed to keep the insurance exchange functional. Failure to enroll young, healthy individuals to offset the costs of more illness-prone enrollees has been predicted to drive costs up to offset the increased costs associated with providing coverage. While projections called for 40% of enrollees to be “Young Invincibles,” in Minnesota less than 25% of enrollees match this profile. (“MNsure Metrics Dashboard” MNsure, May 14, 2014) (Levitt, Claxton, & Damico “The Numbers Behind “Young Invincibles” and the Affordable Care Act” Kaiser Family Foundation, December 17, 2013)
Advertising: Even after spending over $3,500,000 on advertising, a recent MNsure funded study showed that “these ads did not help MNsure’s image,” (Cassie Hart “Study Shows MNsure Ads Featuring Minn. Icons Didn’t Help Image” KSTP, June 4, 2014)
Reduce Costs: Julie Brunner, Executive Director of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans recently stated she “wouldn’t at all be surprised” if plans proposed rate increases in the “8 to 10 to 12 percent range.” (MNJobsCoalition VIDEO “MNsure Rates Could Increase” | Julie Brunner Humphrey Institute Forum, May 14, 2014)
Accountability: Despite repeated missed projections and problems, MNsure managers received taxpayer funded bonuses for their work on the troubled MNsure project. (Jackie Crosby “14 MNsure managers got bonuses for work on balky website” Star Tribune, January 30, 2014)
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