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Help is at hand for MNsure insurance signup

Starting in 2014, health insurance is a must for every American and there are fancy new websites to help people choose a plan that’s right for them. In fact, MNsure, the Minnesota health insurance marketplace, offers more than 50 plans.

“It’s a lot of information,” said Shira Rabinowicz, volunteer coordinator at 360 Communities Rosemount Family Resource Center.

To help people sign up and understand it all, the Rosemount Family Resource Center has partnered with Dakota County to bring certified MNsure assisters once a week to the center.

The assisters will help people fill out applications and answer questions about their coverage options.

MNsure was created in response to passage of the Affordable Care Act. The ACA requires all Americans to have health insurance or be fined by 2014. Enrollment is open now for policies starting in January.

Rabinowicz said they know many people have started the application process but have not finished. She said that indicates people may have questions or need help.

With that in mind, Rabinowicz wanted to make sure people have a place to get help when signing up for health insurance coverage. She said the site is particular and requires a lot of information.

MNsure is for the uninsured. Those on medical assistance, Medicare and MinnesotaCare should not sign up through the exchange.

Through the Mnsure site residents can see if they qualify for low-cost or free plans.

“We think it will be nice to have someone available to help,” said Rabinowicz.

People need to bring some information with them including the names and dates of birth for all household members, social security numbers or document numbers for legal immigrants for all members of the household, income information including tax forms and pay stubs and information on any employee-sponsored insurance available to the particular party.

Rabinowicz said they will have computers available for people to sign up.

A certified MNsure assister will be at the Rosemount Family Resource Center from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 12 and 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 17 Dec. 31. Rabinowicz said anyone can make an appointment to visit with an assister.

For more information or to make an appointment call the Rosemount Family Resource Center at 651-322-5113.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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