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Dayton reacts to MnSure withdrawl

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Sep 17, 2014 at 4:43 am

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says a key provider's decision to drop out of the state-run health exchange is competition in action.

State officials announced Tuesday that Golden Valley-based PreferredOne had served notice it would withdraw. It's a major blow to the exchange because PreferredOne was the lowest-cost provider and the next open-enrollment period is coming up fast.

PreferredOne had nearly 30,000 enrollees — about 59 percent of the market.

Dayton says the company gained market share due to its low rates.

Dayton has called the state-run exchange he championed a success because it has cut the ranks of uninsured by nearly 41 percent. Republicans say PreferredOne's withdrawal is the latest sign of systemic problems.

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