Record number of Minnesotans apply through MNsure

(ABC 6 News) – A record number of Minnesotans have signed up for the through the state’s health insurance marketplace, MNsure, according to the governor’s office.

By the end of MNsure’s open enrollment period on Jan. 15, 146,445 Minnesotans signed up for private health plans for 2024, a 13% increase from 2023.

MNsure is an online portal for Minnesotans to compare health insurance plans, it is not a health insurance provider or company.

Any person legally residing in Minnesota can utilize and access MNsure.

“Thousands of Minnesotans rely on our health insurance marketplace to secure affordable, high-quality health care,” said Governor Tim Walz. “We’re proud to be serving more Minnesotans than ever before, helping them lower health insurance costs and secure the coverage they need.”

According to MNsure CEO Libby Caulum, MNsure predominately supports entrepreneurs, farmers, gig workers and self-employed Minnesotans gain access to health insurance.

According to the governor’s office, of the 146,445 sign-ups, about 39,000 were new applicants. On average, households using MNsure saved an average of $6,460 a year.

Minnesotans who qualify for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, experience a qualifying life event or are members of federally recognized tribes can enroll through MNsure at any time, despite open enrollment ending on Jan. 15.