Jul 22, 2013 at 4:48 am
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) A legislative committee that will oversee the development of Minnesota's new health insurance exchange holds its first meeting Monday.
Minnesota is one of 17 states setting up its own exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Democratic legislative leaders fast-tracked the legislation to establish the exchange, and Gov. Mark Dayton signed it in March.
About 1.3 million Minnesotans are expected to get coverage through the online marketplace, known as MNsure, including 300,000 who currently don't have health insurance. Open enrollment begins Oct. 1 for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.
Members of the MNsure Oversight Committee will get an overview of where things stand, including budget and technology issues, consumer outreach plans and progress toward approving plans submitted by nine insurance carriers for offering policies on the exchange.
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