ST. PAUL — In less than three weeks, Minnesotans who need private health insurance can begin enrolling in health and dental plans for 2022.

The plans are through MNsure, Minnesota's health insurance marketplace, and in western Minnesota plans are already available for preview, including 10 more options than in 2021. MNsure's open enrollment period begins on Nov. 1 and will go through Jan. 15, 2022, according to a press release from MNsure.

In Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin counties, Minnesotans will have 28 plans to choose from, and in every county across the state Minnesotans can choose from at least 19 separate health insurance plan options.

All plans will cost no more than 8.5% of their household income, according to the press release.

"Every Minnesotan has a unique life story and circumstances that affect what kind of health care coverage is right for them," said MNsure CEO Nate Clark.

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Western Minnesota residents can obtain free assistance from Alexander & Haberman, a broker enrollment center located in Fergus Falls, or from another MNsure-certified regional assister, according to the press release.

For 2022, five health insurance companies are returning to partner with MNsure: Blue Plus, HealthPartners, Medica, Quartz and UCare. Dental plans are available from Delta Dental and Dentegra.