Rochester residents not happy with only one MNsure option

The roll-out of MNsure is causing some concern in Rochester, where city residents so far have only one choice available on the state health insurance exchange.

While Twin Cities residents have 66 choices and those in St. Cloud have 32, there’s only one Blue Cross option with a high deductible open for Rochester consumers, says the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

The paper says local consumers “have been stunned at the lack of choice.”

Some think the high cost for high-end care at the Mayo Clinic may have caused insurance companies to avoid making offerings in the city.

A Mayo Clinic spokesperson told the paper that the clinic is “disappointed with the plan offering in southeast Minnesota and will do all we can to make certain insurers understand what we are doing to provide efficient, high quality care to our patients.”

The health care mandate doesn’t take effect until January, and other insurance companies may yet make other MNsure offerings available to Rochester residents, the paper said.

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