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MNsure coverage deadline is December 23

MNsure recently announced that its extension of the enrollment deadline to Monday, December 23 will help thousands of Minnesotans obtain coverage by Wednesday, January 1.

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It also announced an extension of website operating hours from 6 a.m. to midnight, Monday through Sunday, and an expansion of Contact Center capacity.

The MNsure Contact Center will be open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

MNsure also encourages consumers who need assistance to seek out the help of one of its local community assisters through the online directory at

To obtain coverage by January 1, consumers should complete four steps:

1. Visit and open an account.

2. Complete an application.

3. Select a plan.

4. Pay in full online by December 23 by credit card or e-check from your banking account.

“We strongly encourage consumers to complete these four steps to have coverage on January 1, 2014,” said MNsure’s executive director, April Todd-Malmlov.

The December 23 deadline does not apply to Minnesotans eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. Minnesotans determined eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare through Monday, December 30 will get coverage January 1.

Minnesotans already determined eligible for Medical Assistance through MNsure do not need to take any further steps for health insurance coverage to begin January 1.

Minnesotans already determined eligible for MinnesotaCare will get coverage January 1 even if they have not received a premium bill.

MinnesotaCare enrollees should pay their premium bill as soon as they get it. Consumers with questions about their Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare coverage can call their caseworkers or the Minnesota Department of Human Services Member Help Desk at 1-800-657-3739.

As a reminder, Minnesotans who are on Medicare are not eligible to participate in MNsure and thus these deadlines do not apply to the Medicare open enrollment period.