Sept. 30, Oct. 7 & Oct. 9 – MNsure forums for small business owners

MNsure and your small business forums on Sept. 30 in Minnetonka, Oct. 7 in Burnsville, and Oct. 9 in Duluth.

Small Business Minnesota is hosting educational forums on MNsure and small businesses Sept. 30 (Minnetonka), Oct. 7 (Burnsville) and Oct. 9 (Duluth).


MNsure is Minnesota’s health insurance exchange required under the Affordable Care Act. It is a place where small business owners, including one-person companies, can shop, compare and buy health insurance. Open enrollment begins Oct. 1 and goes through March 2014. These events provide an opportunity for small business owners to get the facts directly from state experts. Presentations include information on requirements, costs, coverage, tax credits, and more.

Date:   Monday, Sept. 30, 2013     MINNETONKA
Time:   5:15 p.m.  Pre-event Networking. Cost $10 includes appetizers.
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Program and Q&A. Free

Location:   Robert H. Rohlf Room, main floor
Ridgedale Library and Regional Government Center
12601 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, MN 55305

Cost:      Pre-event Networking – $10 includes appetizers and beverages.
Program and Q&A – Free
Park::    Lot parking, no charge
RSVP:   RSVP Strongly recommended 

Sept. 30 Speaker:   Manny Munson-Regala, Minnesota Department of Health, Assistant Commissioner, is the lead spokesperson for the Department’s work on health reform initiatives. He also serves as a liaison to external stakeholders engaged in the delivery of health care such as the health insurance carriers, hospitals and providers.  He has previously served in various roles with other state agencies including Deputy Commissioner Minnesota Department of Commerce deputy commissioner, Minnesota’s insurance regulator and MNsure deputy exchange director.

Mr. Munson-Regala has extensive experience in the private sector including work with Ceridian, St. Paul Companies, Travelers and related subsidiaries, and State Farm Insurance.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Date:   Monday, Oct. 7, 2013     BURNSVILLE
Time:  5:15 p.m. Pre-event Networking. Cost $15 includes appetizers. Cash bar.
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Program and Q&A. Free

Location:   Stephano’s Restaurant (banquet room)
11849 Millpond Ave. Burnsville, MN 55337

Cost:     Pre-event Networking – $15, includes appetizers. Cash bar.
Program and Q&A – Free
Park::    Lot parking, no charge

:   Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013     DULUTH
Time:  7:30 a.m.   Pre-event Networking – $10 includes continental breakfast.
8:15 a.m – 9:45 a.m  Program and Q&A. Free

Location:   Lake Superior College
Room E2026
2101 Trinity Rd.  Duluth, MN 55811

Cost:     Pre-event Networking – $10 includes continental breakfast.
Program and Q&A – Free
Park::    Lot parking, no charge

Oct. 7 and Oct. 9 Speaker: Neil RollandNeil Rolland, MNsure SHOP Director (MNsure for small business), brings more than 22 years of healthcare leadership experience in the private market. Prior to this position, Rolland served as director of underwriting for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and HealthPartners provider relations and contracting senior director. In addition, Mr. Rolland has held several executive level positions with MinuteClinic, HCC Life, Virtual Radiologic and American TeleCare. Rolland holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and master’s degree in leadership from University of St. Thomas.

More MNsure small business information.

In the meantime, small business owners are encouraged to visit these sites for more information: Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is MNsure:

Information on the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)