Experts question MNsure average rate increase of 4.5 percent

Friday, October 24, 2014

From the MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE: Almost immediately after the state's insurance regulator earlier this month announced that rates for plans sold through MNsure would rise 4.5 percent on average, Republicans, health policy experts and other critics decried the figure as bogus and misleading. The state Commerce Department has steadfastly defended the figure - a straight average of rate changes reported by the four returning carriers to MNsure - acknowledging that some consumers will see higher or lower rate changes. State agency officials said consumers can shop around once open enrollment begins Nov. 15 "to find the best option that fits their individual health and financial needs."