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States with HIX Woes to Get Enrollment Relief

Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media, March 5, 2014

"Here in Massachusetts, we have put in coverage extensions and transitional coverage that help people who may be having trouble accessing the website, and we are working on identifying how that programming crosses over with the CMS guidance," said a spokesman for Massachusetts Health Connector. "That said, throughout our transition to the Affordable Care Act, we have been working very closely with CMS and the federal government to ensure that we are delivering the choice, benefits, and expanded subsidy opportunities to as many people as possible in Massachusetts."

On Monday night, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton issued a brief but emphatic statement on the CMS bulletin. "I guarantee that my administration will do everything possible to provide Minnesotans with all the federal tax credits for which they are eligible," the first-term Democrat said.

Officials at MNsure, the public exchange in Minnesota, were cautiously optimistic that the CMS bulletin will help residents in the state who have struggled to enroll online. "There are a number of important decisions for MNsure to make in regards to this bulletin," the Minnesota officials said. "There will be opportunities for Minnesotans to secure retroactive coverage when warranted, which is certainly a positive step for consumers who need affordable health insurance. We are still assessing this situation, and we are working very closely with our health insurance company partners to determine how we will proceed."

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