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MNsure enrollment tops 136,000, exceeding goal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Officials with Minnesota's new health care exchange say they've exceeded their goal by enrolling over 136,700 Minnesotans in insurance plans with six days left in open enrollment.

MNsure says the exchange has surpassed its goal of enrolling 135,000 Minnesotans during its inaugural open enrollment period, which remains open through March 31. More than 36,000 Minnesotans have enrolled in private insurance plans through the exchange, while over 100,000 residents have enrolled in the public Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare programs.

MNsure chief Scott Leitz says in a statement that they're thrilled, but not done yet. With six days left in open enrollment, he says, they want to make sure every Minnesotan has the ability to obtain health insurance coverage.

The 11:59 p.m. Monday deadline does not apply to Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare.