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GOP legislators ask Gov. Dayton’s help in combating ‘MNsure secrecy’

Four Republican members of the MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee say they’re not getting timely information from the health insurance exchange.

Four Republican members of the MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee say they’ve been stymied in attempts to get information from the state’s new health insurance exchange agency and have asked Gov. Mark Dayton’s help.

In a letter to the governor that might be intended more to make political points rather than seek real assistance, the GOP legislators say to Dayton: “… as the person who brought this new state agency to life with your signature, we urge you to assist us in acquiring answers to these critical questions.”

The letter is signed by Rep. Tara Mack (R-Apple Valley), Rep. Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska), Sen. Michelle Benson (R-Ham Lake) and Sen. Sean Nienow (R-Cambridge). They say they want to:

“…express our concern with an ever-growing culture of unresponsiveness and secrecy within your new state agency, MNsure.”

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Specifically, the lawmakers say they want answers to three “critical requests for information:”

  1. An overall, detailed budget spreadsheet, along with a detailed account of the sources for supplemental grant funds.
  2. Figures on enrollment projections to determine whether alternative funding sources must be considered to avoid forcing Minnesotans to pay a higher health insurance tax in the future.
  3. Following a recent data breach, there should be confirmation that a chart has been prepared detailing each employee’s level of access to private data collected by MNsure.

The legislators say:

“Despite serving on the MNsure LOC, it has become apparent that our requests are either not taken seriously or they will not be honored in a timely and meaningful way.”