In a remarkable power shift in Minnesota, the health care exchange has been removed by the governor from the insurance commissioner’s authority to that of the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB). The removal came after an intense lobbying campaign by agents and brokers who no longer trusted Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman’s efforts.
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The Republican legislature is at odds with the Democratic governor and has not passed enabling legislation for a health care exchange.
Rather, there has been a task force appointed by Rothman to advise on the creation of an exchange.