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Redwood Falls Gazette - Redwood Falls - MN
  • MNsure: Area health care informational meeting to be held Nov. 12

  • Health care is being reshaped as you read this, and finding out how it impacts individuals and businesses is going to require the public to find much on their own; there are ways one can get help, and one of those ways is through an informational meeting which is taking place Nov. 12 in Redwood Falls.
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  • Health care is being reshaped as you read this, and finding out how it impacts individuals and businesses is going to require the public to find much on their own.
    Yet, there are ways one can get help, and one of those ways is through an informational meeting which is taking place Nov. 12 in Redwood Falls.
    The meeting, which is being hosted by Minnesota District 16 legislators, Sen. Gary Dahms, Rep. Paul Torkelson and Rep. Chris Swedzinski, is being held from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the Redwood Area Community Center in Rooms 1 and 2.
    The meeting is going to include a presentation by April Todd-Malmlov, MNsure executive director, who is scheduled to provide an explanation of MNsure and how it works.
    Bryan Lydick, CEO of the Redwood Area Hospital in Redwood Falls, one of the co-sponsors of the upcoming informational meeting, is strongly urging individuals and business owners to attend this meeting.
    “Have your questions ready,” he said, “because you are going to be able to ask them directly.”
    As the public begins to look at the health care options available, Lydick said there are going to be numerous choices to consider, and it is important for people to select what is their best option and then to make sure that option is available locally.
    “Not all of the plans are going to be available in Redwood County,” said Lydick, adding it is important to make sure the provider and the hospital are participants in the plan you choose.
    When the federal Affordable Care Act became law in March 2010, it called for the establishment of a federal health insurance exchange/marketplace and gave states the option to create their own.
    Minnesota’s legislature voted to build a state-made exchange, which is known as MNsure.
    The meeting, which is also being co-sponsored by the Redwood Area Development Corporation, is going to include time specifically for individuals to be able to ask their questions, with other time set aside for those who have business-related questions about MNsure.
    Enrollment for MNsure began Oct. 1, and coverage is going into effect Jan. 1, 2014. All who are interested in finding out more about MNsure are encouraged to attend the meeting Nov. 12.
    Lydick said once one has taken a look at the options they can call the hospital’s business office to find out what plans are actually available.
    He also said the hospital is moving forward with a data sharing agreement that would give the hospital assister status. What that means, explained Lydick, is the hospital can help people who approach them for assistance. That process continues, and as the status is fully established more information is going to follow.
    “When people need help, as an assister we are going to be able to point them in the right direction,” said Lydick.
    Page 2 of 2 - Lydick also said county residents are going to have a navigator available in the future to help them as they work through the application process.
    For more about the upcoming meeting, contact Sen. Dahms office at (651) 296-8138 or send an e-mail to sen.gary.dahms@senate.mn. Information about MNsure can be found online at www.mnsure.org.
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