St. Paul (April 2, 2014) -- MNsure, the state health insurance exchange, released its enrollment numbers one day after the official deadline and according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) they expose the program as a “dramatic failure.”
According to the exchange only 693 small businesses have enrolled, far below the target of 8,925.
“These are incredibly low numbers,” said NFIB State Director Mike Hickey, “They undershot their target by 92 percent, which is a failure by any standard.”
Overall small businesses signups represented less than one percent of the total Minnesota signups.
“We predicted this would happen,” said Hickey. “The limitations on the small business SHOP plans are quite significant and these subsidized plans are not going to be available to most small businesses.”
Hickey also pointed to all the difficulties people have experienced trying to use the website and apply for coverage on the website as a real impediment to small businesses.
“We spent approximately $160 million on a website in Minnesota that didn’t work and now people are actually resorting to paper applications,” he said. “That’s extremely troubling.”
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