MNsure boosts grants to beef up minority outreach

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The board of directors for Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has voted to add an additional $750,000 for grants to groups trying to boost enrollment after complaints that black and Somali community groups were initially neglected.

The MNsure board met Wednesday afternoon. The meeting came after criticism from Democratic lawmakers that prominent groups like the Minneapolis Urban League and others were left out of an initial $4 million in grants that will help people enroll in the new online insurance marketplace. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday morning that he shared the concerns.

MNsure’s executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, says the additional $750,000 came from savings in other parts of the agency’s budget. Groups that applied for the $4 million in grants but were rejected will be eligible for the additional grants.

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