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Dayton Declares ‘MNsure Day’ With Insurance Deadline Looming

We’re just days away from the deadline to sign up for health insurance, and MNsure is pulling out all the stops to get people signed up in time. Those still looking to purchase insurance through Minnesota’s online healthcare exchange have until midnight on Monday to do so.

03/28/2014

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Lawmakers Push To Raise Minimum Tanning Age To 18

Indoor tanning may soon become an “adults-only” business in Minnesota. State Lawmakers are making a push to raise the minimum age for tanning to 18.

03/28/2014

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CDC: 1 In 68 U.S. Kids Identified With Autism

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 1 in 68 U.S. children have been identified with Autism Spectrum Disorder. According to the report, entitled “Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder among Children Aged 8 Years,” the number of children identified with ASD is growing, with the estimate about 30-percent higher than in previous studies.

03/27/2014

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MNsure Callers Experience Longer Waits For Help

Callers to Minnesota’s health insurance exchange are experiencing longer waits this week as the deadline for open enrollment approaches. As expected, MNsure is experiencing an upsurge in calls as residents try to sign up for coverage before the 11:59 p.m. Monday deadline.

03/27/2014

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Boy With Melanoma Raises Thousands Making Bracelets To Battle Cancer

Graham Fowler, of Fridley, Minn., is a 10-year-old with an extremely disease called Spitzoid Melanoma. He’s being treated at the Mayo Clinic and has had eight surgeries. Yet, he’s found a colorful way to help other people heal in the midst of his own sickness. “He was a healthy little boy, and he had a mole on his arm. Now he’s had eight major surgeries and his life’s completely changed,” said Brittany Fowler, his sister.

03/26/2014

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CDC: Too Many Patients Get Infections In Hospitals

A visit to the hospital is not always a prescription for getting well. A new government health report says more needs to be done to keep patients from getting infections while in the hospital.

03/26/2014

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Dayton: Keep Seeking Compromise On Marijuana

One day after Gov. Mark Dayton appeared to discount any legislation on medical marijuana this year, he is urging advocates and legislators to keep talking in search of compromise. Dayton says he has the “deepest sympathy” for children and adults with serious diseases who find relief in marijuana.

03/26/2014

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MNsure Enrollment Tops 145,000

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is reporting a jump in enrollments as Monday’s open enrollment deadline approaches. MNsure officials say total enrollment has topped 145,000.

03/26/2014

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Minn. Senate Pulls E-Cigs Bill Back Into Committee

Gov. Mark Dayton has broken with his Health Department commissioner over the extent of regulation needed on electronic cigarettes. Dayton said that he is uncomfortable with legislative efforts to put e-cigarettes in the same category as conventional cigarettes when it comes to prohibition of use in public spaces.

03/26/2014

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MNsure Enrollment Tops 136,000, Exceeding Goal

Minnesota’s new health care exchange celebrated a milestone Tuesday as officials announced they have exceeded their goal by enrolling over 136,700 Minnesotans in insurance plans with less than a week to go in the inaugural open enrollment period.

03/25/2014

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Dayton Says His Pot-Study Plan Lacks A Buy-In

Gov. Mark Dayton says prospects for a study on one type of medicinal marijuana stand between “slim and none” because advocates for broader legalization don’t appear interested. Dayton said that his proposal to spend more than $2 million to research a non-combustible form of marijuana lacks support.

03/25/2014

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Make-A-Wish Sends Rochester Teen With Brain Tumor To Paris

When our neighbors need a hand, Minnesotans always seem to be there to help. So on Tuesday, we’re proud to tell you about Accomplish Minnesota. It’s a way for all of us to get involved in the community we care so much about through a program called Wishes in Flight.

03/25/2014

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The Fight To Save Summer: An Infant’s Heart Transplant

A Twin Cities couple brought their baby to the doctor for what they thought was a cold but just hours later they learned that their daughter needed a new heart. What the doctor saw in her daughter Summer’s X-ray would confine their daughter to a hospital this past November.

03/24/2014

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Study Looking To See If E-Cigs Curb Smoking Habits

A new study is looking into whether or not e-cigarettes are an effective way to stop, or cut back on smoking as many smokers turn to them as an alternative. Electronic cigarettes turn a liquid solution into a vapor, and some contain nicotine.

03/24/2014

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MNsure Grants Reprieve For Late Enrollment Snags

Minnesotans who make a good faith effort to enroll for coverage through the state’s new health insurance exchange by the March 31 deadline will get a reprieve if they run into problems and cannot complete the process, officials said Monday.

03/24/2014

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Starkey Gala 2013 Red Carpet

St. Paul rolled out the red carpet for an annual event that brings the biggest names in Hollywood to town. It’s all for the Starkey Foundation, which provides hundreds of thousands of hearing aids to people around the world.

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