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Dayton wants MNsure task force

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to seek $500,000 to investigate the future of MNsure, which could result in a recommendation to abolish it.

ST. PAUL - Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he plans to seek $500,000 to investigate the future of MNsure, which could result in a recommendation to abolish it.

The state-run marketplace to buy health insurance has been under fire since it sold its first policy late in 2013. Many Republicans want to scrap it and many Democrats want to change its structure.

Dayton Monday wrote a letter to legislative leaders saying that he supports an effort by Sen. Tony Lourey, D-Kerrick, and others to change the governance from an independent board to an agency that reports to the governor and falls under legislative jurisdiction.

He also said that he wants funds to form a task force of legislators, health professionals and others that would look at what MNsure's future should be.

Dayton said his $500,000 request will come today when he releases an updated budget proposal.

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