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Board members at Minnesota’s state-based public health insurance exchange are asking why enrollment growth seems to have slowed since Jan. 18.

The MNsure directors talked about an enrollment graph Wednesday during a board meeting.

The exchange staff said 90,395 people had enrolled in some type of coverage by Feb. 1, 120,474 had submitted applications, and 155,545 had created MNsure accounts.

In the market for private “qualified health plan” coverage, the number of people with QHP “enrollments in process” — people who have picked QHPs but may not have paid for coverage – has increased to 28,611 people, up from a few people two months earlier.

Directors noted that account creation has climbed steadily, and that the number of application submissions has climbed steadily. The number of state residents enrolling in a medical assistance program has increased at about the same rate.

But the number of people with QHP enrollments in progress stalled around Jan. 4 and has increased by only about 4,000 since then.

Staff members said they weren’t sure why QHP enrollment growth had slowed so much more than account creation but thought that some people might be waiting until the deadline for coverage starting March 1 or the deadline for coverage starting April 1 to sign up for QHP coverage.

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