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Prison Health Care Provider Defends Services

The national company that has been replaced as the health care provider to Minnesota’s 9,000 prison inmates is defending its services. Corizon Health says the state Department of Corrections has thanked the company for “exceptional service over the last 16 years.” DOC severed ties with Corizon following staff complaints of substandard care and legal action against the company. Corizon was replaced by St. Louis-based Centurion Managed Care, a Fortune 500 health care company that manages medical care under public contracts in several states.

10/18/2013

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MNsure Signs Up 3,700 So Far For Health Insurance

More than 3,700 Minnesotans have signed up for health insurance coverage so far through the state’s new online exchange. The board of directors for MNsure got its first report on the enrollment on Wednesday.

10/16/2013

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MNsure Reaches More Than 10,000 Accounts

MNsure’s executive director, April Todd-Malmlov, says more than 10,000 Minnesotans have opened accounts in the first 10 days of the exchange’s operation, including about 300 opened by small-business owners.

10/11/2013

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In Week 2 Of MNsure, Exec. Director Fields Questions

In a teleconference with reporters on Monday, MNsure Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov answered questions about some of the problems that have popped up so far in Minnesota’s online health care marketplace. MNsure, which has been operational since Oct. 1, has had an ongoing problem resulting in people keep getting kicked off the system. “We are seeing a higher number of people having a hard time getting on. It appears to be intermittent, and not as high as it was on Thursday,” Todd-Malmlov said.

10/07/2013

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MNsure Crucial For MN Cancer Survivor Who’s Had 35 Surgeries

It’s day two for the roll-out of MNsure, but some who are shopping online for health insurance plans said they are running into technical glitches and delays. MNSure officials said the system is running smoothly, after a bumpy start Tuesday when it launched — so far about 2,500 accounts have been created.

10/02/2013

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MNsure Says New System Running Smoothly On Day 2

Officials with Minnesota’s new online health insurance marketplace say the system is running smoothly after a bumpy start Tuesday.

10/02/2013

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‘What We Are Doing Here Is Historic’: MNsure Executive Director

When MNsure goes live Oct. 1, there’s likely to be more window shopping than buying. “I think we’re going to have a lot of enrollment on day one,” said April Todd-Malmlov, MNsure’s executive director.

10/01/2013

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MNsure Won’t Be Ready To Go Tuesday Morning

Consumers won’t be able to use Minnesota’s new online marketplace for health insurance as planned Tuesday morning and will have to wait until sometime in the afternoon, the head of the state-run exchange said Monday. April Todd-Malmlov, executive director of MNsure, said officials want to make sure the system connects properly with federal computer systems and that it’s secure before it goes live for consumers. MNsure officials had been saying for months they expected consumers could start signing up at the start of the business day Tuesday. She said they weren’t sure what time in the afternoon the system would be ready. Enrollment begins Tuesday nationwide for coverage under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act. Roughly 300,000 uninsured Minnesotans are expected to buy insurance via the portal. The delay is one of several glitches in MNsure’s rollout that Todd-Malmlov spoke about late Monday afternoon.

09/30/2013

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How To MNsure

There is only one Elvis, but there are thousands of self-employed Minnesotans like Elvis impersonator Anthony Shore and his wife Trisha. Both are 32 years old and uninsured. “I’m a healthy individual, but you never know what’s going to happen. So yeah, I don’t like it. It makes me feel scared not having insurance,” Trisha said. Starting next week, uninsured and under-insured Minnesotans can buy health care online at MNsure.org. But one of the biggest problems is getting the word out.

09/28/2013

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MNsure Highlights Ease Of Site, Downplays Security Concerns

In a spacious new office overlooking Seventh Street in Downtown St. Paul, help is just a phone call away. This is where Minnesotans with interest in purchasing health care coverage through MNsure call-in with their questions.

09/27/2013

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MNsure: Basic Questions Answered

MNSure opens enrollment October first with plenty of questions, including the most obvious: What’s it all about?

09/26/2013

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Quick Tips On Navigating MNsure

Minnesota is days away from launching its new health insurance program as Minnesotans will pay the lowest average monthly premiums in the country. That’s according to new numbers from the Obama administration made public on Wednesday.

09/25/2013

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Family Paying Around $20K A Year For Insurance ‘Looking Forward’ To MNsure

At least one Minnesota family is eagerly waiting for Oct. 1, so they can begin shopping for new health care coverage on Minnesota’s new health care exchange: MNsure. Brad and Heidi Stokes pay a staggering amount each year to keep their family covered.

09/25/2013

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Where Are The Uninsured In America?

Massachusetts has lowest percentage of uninsured residents with only 4.5 percent; Texas has the highest with 28.8 percent. Generally the highest uninsured rates can be found in the South and West.

09/04/2013

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Who Are The Uninsured In America?

Young adults 19-34 years of age represent the group most likely to be uninsured. More than three-quarters of uninsured Americans come from working families.

09/04/2013

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Minn. Health Care Costs, Cost Growth Below Average

Minnesota likes to think of itself as an innovator in health care with some of the lowest costs yet one of the healthiest populations in the country. And the state’s official health care economist says its efforts to put a lid on rising costs seem to be paying off.

08/28/2013

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Talking Points: Executive Director On MNsure

For all the debate that has already surrounded the President’s Health Care Reform plan, the most significant portion of the plan has not even been put in place. But that is about to change.

08/11/2013

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New Health Care Law Could Have 9,000 Minnesotans Receiving Rebate Checks

Some 9,000 Minnesotans could be in line for health insurance rebate checks now going out as part of the new federal health care law.

08/05/2013

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Franken In Minn. Talks Health Care, Mental Health

Senator Al Franken is making several Twin Cities stops where he’ll be talking health care and criminal justice issues. The Democratic senator holds a state Capitol news conference Monday morning to tout a provision of President Obama’s health care overhaul that he helped shape.

08/05/2013

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Free Preventative Services Insurance Providers Are Required To Offer

Every American with health insurance, including Medicare, is now eligible for many preventive services that previously often required a co-payment, deductible or other out-of-pocket cost.

07/23/2013

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Guaranteed Coverage For People With Pre-Existing Health Conditions

Health insurance companies can no longer deny or limit coverage for individuals with pre-existing health conditions.

07/22/2013

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The New Patient’s Bill Of Rights

The new Patient’s Bill of Rights protects many basic rights of Americans when it comes to personal health care and dealing with insurance companies.

07/22/2013

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Low Or No Cost Health Care Options For People With Low Incomes

Several health coverage and care options are now available for individuals and families in lower income brackets.

07/21/2013

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Health Care Costs In America Versus The Rest Of The World

While America has the most expensive health care system in the world, Americans do not live longer or have better health than people in most other developed countries.

07/20/2013

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Potential Issues As 1.3M Minnesotans Get Health Care Coverage

The push is on to get 1.3 million Minnesotans to sign up for insurance under the new health care law. The program is called MNsure, goes into effect Jan. 1, and anyone can buy health insurance through the program, though there will be significant federal subsidies for low-income patients.

07/02/2013

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