MNsure recently announced that Minnesotans will have seven weeks – from Nov. 1 to Dec. 23 – to shop for 2020 health coverage. Minnesota’s enrollment period is eight days longer than the federal open enrollment period that runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. MNsure is supplementing the federal open enrollment period with a special enrollment period to give Minnesotans more time to find a health insurance plan that works for them.
“This year, Minnesotans will have seven weeks to sign up for health and dental coverage with an effective date of Jan. 1, 2020,” said MNsure CEO Nate Clark. “It’s important to be covered all 12 months of the year. We’re here to help make sure consumers are able to choose a plan and enroll by the Dec. 23 deadline so they can start using their coverage right away in the New Year.”
In-person help is available
MNsure has a statewide network of over 1,600 expert assisters who provide free in-person help for Minnesotans looking to apply and enroll into health coverage. Consumers may work with a navigator or a broker. Navigators specialize in MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance, while brokers can offer advice on selecting a private health plan.
Consumers will be able to view and compare 2020 plans in mid-October so they can be prepared to enroll starting November 1.
MNsure is the only place you can qualify for tax credits to lower costs
For coverage year 2019, 60 percent of private plan enrollees are receiving tax credits averaging more than $5,500 a year per household. In total, Minnesotans are poised to save over $224 million in tax credits in 2019. Of the more than 500,000 Minnesotans who found coverage through MNsure, over 85 percent qualified for tax credits, MinnesotaCare or Medical Assistance.
Minnesotans who qualify for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare and members of federally recognized Indian tribes can enroll any time during the year. More information about renewing eligibility and reporting changes for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare can be found here.