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MNsure Special Enrollment Period

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ST. PAUL, Minn..—Beginning Tuesday, February 16, MNsure will open a three-month special enrollment period to help any Minnesotan not currently enrolled through MNsure to secure health insurance coverage. This announcement follows the nationwide special enrollment period established by President Biden for those states who use healthcare.gov, the federally run health insurance marketplace. MNsure’s special enrollment period will run until Monday, May 17.

“If you are uninsured, or have coverage outside of MNsure, you can come to MNsure.org between February 16 and May 17 to enroll in a health insurance plan. COVID-19 is still with us, so having access to comprehensive health care coverage is critical at this time,” said MNsure CEO Nate Clark. “Not sure where to start? We have a statewide network of assisters who can help walk you through the process – just click on Find Free Help on our homepage.”

MNsure ran a similar special enrollment period for uninsured Minnesotans in March 2020 just after the start of the pandemic and enrolled nearly 10,000 Minnesotans into private health insurance coverage. In total, MNsure helped more than 24,500 Minnesotans secure health insurance coverage through a special enrollment period from the start of the pandemic through the end of 2020. Additionally, MNsure’s annual open enrollment period, which ended on December 22, 2020, saw an increased number of enrollments, nearly 20% of which were new to the marketplace.

This upcoming special enrollment period is another opportunity for uninsured Minnesotans, or those currently enrolled outside of MNsure, to sign up for comprehensive health care coverage. Eligible Minnesotans can also take advantage of cost-saving benefits available only through MNsure. Those who enroll during this time will have coverage that begins on the first day of the month following their sign-up date. For example, Minnesotans who sign-up for coverage in February will have a March 1 start date. Those who sign up in March will have coverage starting on April 1, and so on.

Please note: Minnesotans currently enrolled in health insurance coverage outside of MNsure should confirm their coverage options through MNsure before making changes to their current coverage.

Getting started

  • Compare plans side by side using MNsure’s plan comparison tool. Get estimates on premium costs, deductibles and more. Minnesotans can also use the tool to see if they qualify for financial help. Nearly half of current MNsure enrollees are receiving tax credits to lower the cost of their premiums, averaging almost $5,000 a year.
  • Set up a free appointment with a MNsure-certified assister. Virtual meeting options are available.

Year-round enrollment opportunities

In addition to this three-month special enrollment period, Minnesotans who experience a qualifying life event such as a loss of employer health insuranceloss of employer COBRA premium subsidy or decrease in income, may be eligible for a special enrollment period. These enrollment opportunities are available year-round to those who qualify. Minnesotans who qualify for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare or are a member of a federally recognized American Indian tribe can enroll any time of year. For Minnesotans new to MNsure, please find additional resources below:

MNsure is Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage that meets their needs. MNsure is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-of-pocket costs. Most Minnesotans who enroll through MNsure qualify for financial help.

Source: https://www.mnsure.org/news-room/news/

Updated Safety Precautions

In order to protect customers and employees, we are asking you to please put on a mask before entering our Roundbank Insurance Agency locations. We are adding this practice to our list of ways that we are keeping our customers and employees safe. Having a safe environment to conduct your business needs is paramount to our core values. We value the wellness of the communities that we serve and will follow the direction of state and local health officials. Thank you for your understanding!

What are we doing to keep our customers and our staff safe?

  • Masks.  We are asking all employees and customers to wear a mask while visiting our locations. If you do not have a mask and would like one during your visit, we are happy to provide one for you.
  • Limit number in each location. We are limiting the number of customers inside at one time.  Customers are asked to remain at the entrance until greeted by a staff member to enter.
  • Social distancing. We have markers on the lobby floor to indicate a safe social distance from other customers.
  • Plexiglass shields. We have installed plexiglass shields at our desks as an extra layer of protection in preventing transmission of the virus.
  • Hand sanitizer. There are hand sanitizers placed throughout our common areas.
  • Please bring a pen or use and keep one of our pens.  If you do not have a pen, we will provide a clean pen for you to use and keep.
  • Cleaning our locations. We have increased our cleaning efforts and continue to disinfect high-touch surfaces throughout the day (handles, counters, keypads, etc.).
  • Coffee/Water Stations. In effort to minimize contamination, we are temporarily removing our coffee and water stations in the lobbies.
  • Employee social distancing. Employees will remain socially distant and internal employee meetings will continue to be conducted virtually to avoid branch-to-branch visits and minimize direct contact.  It is our intent to keep our branches free from unnecessary visits that could spread the virus.

Drive-up at all locations and Walk-up in Waseca will continue to be available as it always has for your convenience and an alternative to entering our locations. Please call or email us with any questions or concerns. We will work hard to accommodate your needs while doing our part to protect our communities.