Yesterday Governor Mark Dayton announced his appointment of the seven-member board that will manage Minnesota's new health insurance exchange. The Minnesota health insurance exchange, now called MNsure, was created by state lawmakers last month in accordance with the federal Affordable Care Act.
Dayton appointed six people to join Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson on the MNsure board. They include the owner of a health care technology company, a former health care software company owner, a retired physician, a tribal executive, a former union leader and a corporate communications executive. According to Dayton, these members bring diverse experiences to the new board.
"We need a board with great wisdom and perspective and ready to face challenges, "Dayton said. "There certainly are going to be plenty of challenges ahead. But I'm very confident with this board that we're going to have the best health exchange anywhere in the country."
The new health insurance exchange, which will help individuals and small businesses in Minnesota find coverage online, is scheduled to be operational by Oct. 1. The board will begin meeting next month.
The following is a link to the web site of the Minnesota health insurance exchange. There you can find a description of the newly appointed board members. You can also sign up, if inclined, to receive periodic updates from the exchange about its implementation.
Link to information about board appointees: http://www.mn.gov/hix/news-room/news/newsdetail.jsp?id=387-58943
Link to MNsure home page: http://www.mn.gov/hix/