MNsure delayed, but still launches


ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Despite some delays, a new form of health care is underway in Minnesota.

The launch of MNsure was pushed off until about noon Tuesday, but now many across the state are looking into the new coverage.

In southeast Minnesota there are two providers to choose from. One is Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Minnesota and the other is Medica of Wisconsin.

Area human services departments say now it is time to wait and see what happens.

“I truly don’t know what to expect right now here in Minnesota. We’re looking at some of the eligibility for more citizens being eligible for medical assistance,” said Brian Buhmann, Director of Freeborn County Human Services.

He said despite the government shutdown, it is business as usual for them and MNsure.

“There may be some delays if someone’s being screened for disabilities or they’re going to the social security department to be eligible or to retire, but for the most part here at human services, we’re anticipating being able to weather this,” Buhmann said.

If the shutdown lasts another two to three weeks, he said then things could get complicated.

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