Feds Approve Minn. Exchange, Insurers Scramble To Develop Health Plans

Minnesota Public Radio News' Elizabeth Stawicki, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports: "The federal government's conditional approval (in December) for Minnesota to operate a health insurance exchange means the state has cleared a key hurdle to develop a system designed to reshape the insurance market under the health law. Without knowing what the new plans will be required to cover, insurers say they have to hustle to develop new health plans in a matter of months, when the process would normally take at least a year" (Stawicki, 12/21). Read the story.

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