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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he shares concerns that Minnesota's health insurance exchange has neglected black and Somali community groups in its initial enrollment drive.

The Democratic governor says Wednesday that he's communicated that to the executive director of MNsure as well as the state's commissioner of human services. Dayton says he believes MNsure board members will address the concerns at a meeting later in the day.

Democratic state lawmakers scolded MNsure officials at a Tuesday night hearing. Prominent groups including the Minneapolis Urban League complain they were left out of an initial $4 million in grants to groups that will help people enroll in the new online insurance marketplace.

MNsure is the online customer portal for delivering changes under the federal health-care overhaul. MNsure goes live on October 1.

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