ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, MNsure, announced the dates for Minnesotans to shop for 2019 health coverage.

Open enrollment will begin on Nov. 1 and run through Jan. 13, 2019. This is nearly a month longer than the federal open enrollment period that runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 15. As a state-based marketplace, MNsure has authority to add a special enrollment period to give Minnesotans more time to shop.

"Shopping for health coverage is a complex process, and Minnesotans rely on the free in-person assistance offered by MNsure’s assister network," said acting CEO Nate Clark. "The extra time to shop will ensure that all MNsure consumers who need it will get that vital assistance."

After talking to consumers and insurers, MNsure said feedback indicated, given the continued uncertainty at the federal level, the additional complexity of new products introduced into the market and the transition of more than 300,000 Medicare beneficiaries into new plans, consumers needed additional time.

This year, 65 percent of private plan enrollees are receiving tax credits averaging more than $7,000 per family. More than 90 percent of the over 400,000 Minnesotans covered by MNsure qualified for tax credits, MinnesotaCare or Medicaid.