ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - On the very day Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared it MNsure Day across the state, the legislative auditor released a highly-critical report. The auditor found the Department of Human Services is failing to verify that the people who sign up through MNsure are actually eligible for the benefits.
A random test of 157 enrollees in 2015 found that 38 percent of them were not eligible. That cost the state more than $104,000 last year. If the same error rate is applied to all MNsure enrollees, the possible losses add up to more than $115 milliion.
Gov. Dayton still believes that MNsure is providing health care coverage to more people than ever, and Thursday he urged them to call or sign up before the Sunday, Jan. 31 deadline.
“Minnesotans have to help out here,” Dayton said. “If they wait until the last 24 hours to call up, there’s going to be a deluge. So a word to the wise out there -- call now, sign up now, re-sign up now.”
So far more than 75,000 people have signed up for coverage. MNsure says more than 70 percent of them have qualified for tax credits to reduce the costs of their premiums.