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Five open seats on MCHA Board

March 08, 2011

Five open seats on MCHA Board

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, March 8, 2011                 

Commerce Commissioner Seeks to Fill Five Open Seats on MCHA Board

(ST. PAUL, MN) Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is seeking candidates for five public board member positions on the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA) Board of Directors.  Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by March 18, 2011.

MCHA is a non-profit Minnesota corporation, created by the Minnesota Legislature in 1976 as an option for individuals that are denied coverage in the private marketplace.  MCHA is regulated by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and an eleven-member board of directors provides policy direction to MCHA. 

The public members must include at least two plan enrollees with coverage through MCHA, two individuals covered under an individual or group plan in the private market with premiums subject to the association's assessment, and one licensed insurance agent.   At least two of the public board members must reside outside of the seven-county metro area.

Completed applications should identify whether the applicant is a plan enrollee, an agent and/or an individual subject to the MCHA assessment.  Applicants should also submit resume information that highlights other experience that may be useful to the MCHA board.

After the application process is completed by the Secretary of State, applications are sent to the Commissioner of Commerce, who has sole responsibility to select the new MCHA board members.

New board members will receive training and background on MCHA operations. Members are required to attend regular board meetings, additional meetings, complete committee work and possibly chair a committee.  A minimal and limited stipend is available for these positions.

MCHA is not a state funded program.  MCHA is sometimes referred to as Minnesota's "high risk pool."

Currently 27,000 Minnesota residents are insured by MCHA.

Interested parties should submit applications through the Secretary of State's office.  The application is available on the Secretary of State's website (http://www.sos.state.mn.us ) by accessing the Open Commissions and Appointments tab.  Interested candidates can also stop by the elections public counter at Room 180 of the State Office Building, or request an application be sent by mail.  The Secretary of State's office can be contacted by phone at 651-297-5845, by fax at 651-296-9073 or by email at open.appointments@state.mn.us .