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Minnesota HMO enrollment drops as premiums soar

Managed Care Weekly Advisor, September 26, 2007

HMO enrollment in Minnesota continues to fall, with fewer than 25 percent of the state's residents enrolled in major HMOs.

According to the Star Tribune, enrollment dropped 8.2% in 2006 to 915,000 members. In 2005, there were 997,000. Enrollment peaked in 1997 with 1.4 million members. Three of the four major HMO providers in the state - Blue Plus, HealthPartners, and Medica - showed declines. Permiums rose 8.5% in 2006, up from 7.1% in 2005, as medical costs outstripped revenue.

A HealthPartners spokesman attributes the falling enrollment numbers to the increased demand for leaner benefits set by both employers and individuals.

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