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Beyond the Headlines: Open enrollment, MNsure, and the future of health care

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DULUTH, MN -

The clock is ticking.

If you need health insurance, now is the time to enroll if you haven't already.

But, as anyone who has had to apply for health coverage during an open enrollment period knows, the process can be both challenging and confusing.

For Minnesotans, those looking to enroll have done so through the state-based marketplace known as MNsure--making Minnesota one of only 11 states with a state-run exchange. By the end of November, 100,000 Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own had signed up through MNsure so far.

However, the remaining 39 states--including Wisconsin--are reliant on the federal marketplace to find health coverage. This comes as the Trump Administration has announced they're slashing the funding most states rely on for HealthCare.gov by up to 90 percent. 

On this week's episode of Beyond the Headlines, Dan Wolfe sits down with Megan Helena, Program Director at Generations Health Care Initiatives, and Executive Director at Generations, Jenny Peterson, to talk about the importance of taking part in open enrollment, and the challenges MNsure faces in their mission.

Wolfe also sits down with MN DFL District 7A State Representative Jennifer Schultz to talk more about her mission to spread awareness about health coverage, and take a closer look at the future of health care in this country from a legislative standpoint. 

For more information on Insure Duluth, check out this website.

For referral assistance in finding an insurance navigator, call United Way 211 for referral assistance: 1-800-543-7709

You can also contact a navigator at these Insure Duluth organizations:

Lake Superior Community Health Center - (218) 722-9650

Community Action Duluth - (218) 726-1665

Salvation Army - (218) 722-7934

Women's Health Center - (218) 727-3352

Duluth Public Library - (218) 722-9650

Generations Health Care Initiatives - (218) 336-5709

If you live in Wisconsin and are looking to enroll in health coverage, check out this website. You can also learn more about services that might be available to you by visiting the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services website. 

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