WASHINGTON — Interim MNsure CEO Scott Leitz will tell a U.S. House oversight committee on Thursday that Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is “stable, secure and successful” and working better today than when he took over in December.
Leitz, summoned to testify before the House Oversight Committee with a handful of other state exchange directors, will highlight the 169,005 Minnesotans who signed up for health care plans under the Affordable Care Act through MNsure, according to testimony posted by the committee Wednesday [PDF]. He will acknowledge MNsure’s early technical problems, but say there have been improvements since former executive director April Todd-Malmlov resigned in December, including executing an outside review of the exchange, improving website software and beefing up call center staffing.
“The ACA is more than a website,” he will say. “It’s about getting real people and families in to affordable, comprehensive health coverage. This is something we are doing well in Minnesota.”
Leitz and exchange officials from Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, California and Massachusetts are slated to testify before two Oversight subcommittees on Thursday. According to the committee, “the hearing will examine the failures of the state exchanges and the implications for taxpayers and consumers, as well an example of a state that has been able to navigate its exchange launch better.”