MNsure tapping grants to fix customer services, balance 2015 budget

Thursday, March 13, 2014

From the St. Paul Pioneer Press: MNsure wants to spend an additional $12.5 million this year to continue repairs to its website and call center, officials said Wednesday as they unveiled plans for a balanced budget in 2015. Meeting in St. Paul, the health insurance exchange's board approved a $39.8 million budget for next year that will be balanced if the federal government lets MNsure change the timing for when it can spend $5 million in grants. Federal approval is likely, said Scott Leitz, the interim chief executive officer at MNsure, because the state is seeking flexibility -- not more money. But if federal officials object, MNsure will cut spending so it doesn't need more money from the Legislature, Leitz said.