- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - State officials are in the middle of a massive effort to shift hundreds of thousands of low-income residents to new health care plans.

It’s a byproduct of a statewide bid for the companies that cover enrollees on MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance. The bidding is supposed to save the state about $450 million but also means that more than 400,000 residents need to pick new plans for next year. The state eliminated UCare, previously the largest company for public health programs, as an option in most counties.

Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner Nathan Moracco estimated this week the costs of that transition will be about $2 million.

Enrollees have already received forms from the state to pick a new plan for next year. Those forms are due back Dec. 11.



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