CONTACT: Marie Harmon
MNsure reaches record-setting sign-up numbers in sixth open enrollment period
123,731 Minnesotans sign up for private health coverage
ST. PAUL, Minn.—MNsure reported strong numbers during its sixth open enrollment period, which ended Sunday. Nearly 400 more Minnesotans signed up for coverage than during the previous open enrollment period, which ended with 123,334 sign-ups.
“Despite uncertainty on the federal level and decreased sign-ups across the country, MNsure maintains strong footing and improved on its record-breaking sign-ups from last year,” said CEO Nate Clark. “It is evident that Minnesotans see the value of comprehensive coverage.”
Over 57 percent of households qualified for advanced premium tax credits (APTC) averaging nearly $5,520 a year.
“Lower premiums, an extended open enrollment period, and a robust outreach program all contributed to our success this year,” said Clark. “These advantages have helped ensure Minnesotans can get the health care coverage they need.”
Across the state, yearly APTC averages for households were:
- Southeast Minnesota—$9,228
- Northeast Minnesota—$5,448
- Southwest Minnesota—$8,532
- Twin Cities Metro—$4,176
- Northwest Minnesota—$6,156
MNsure saw strong engagement with its new plan comparison tool, which allowed Minnesotans to easily and efficiently preview plans and estimate financial assistance. Over the course of the next year, MNsure will roll out additional improvements to its individual shopping and enrollment platform.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Private health plan sign-ups—123,731
Public program applicants—104,707
Total accessing coverage—228,438
Percentage receiving tax credits—57 percent
Average yearly tax credit by household—$5,520
Plan comparison tool sessions—234,272
MNsure’s sixth open enrollment period ran from November 1, 2018 to January 13, 2019. Minnesotans can still enroll if they experience a qualifying life event, such as having a baby, getting married, moving to a new area, or losing other health coverage. More information about special enrollment can be found here.