Capsules: Colorado Exchange Watchdog Likes What It Sees; Minnesota Says Its Marketplace Rates Are Nation’s Lowest So Far

Now on Kaiser Health News’ blog, Colorado Public Radio’s Eric Whitney, working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on oversight of Colorado’s health exchange: "Colorado is one of 16 states and the District of Columbia that chose to set up its own exchange, via a bipartisan bill the state passed in 2011. Republicans agreed to vote for it only if it included a special legislative oversight committee that would allow a majority to block exchange funding requests. That hasn’t happened yet, but oversight committee hearings have been testy in the past. Not so last Thursday, the final hearing before the exchange’s opening day October 1. It was remarkable for the praise members from both parties heaped upon exchange leadership" (Whitney 9/9).

Also on the blog, Minnesota Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stawicki, also working in partnership with KHN and NPR, reports on Minnesota’s rates: "Minnesota consumers will be able to buy a health plan for as little as $90.59 per month on MNsure, the new state health insurance marketplace, state Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said Friday. Rothman said Minnesota has the lowest average rates for individuals and families compared to the other states that have revealed the costs of their plans thus far (that includes 13 states and the District of Columbia, according to a Kaiser Health News running tally). Data released Friday offered a first look at the new health insurance plans and rates that will be sold on MNsure" (Stawicki, 9/6). Check out what else is on the blog.

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