Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is getting some extra cash from the federal government. MNsure CEO Scott Leitz says they’ll use an additional $34 million to make website improvements and smooth the transfer of data to insurance companies. MNsure has now received almost $190 million from the federal government.
The federal government predicts Minnesota farmers will produce 1.34 billion bushels of corn this year, up 40 million bushels from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s production outlook for Minnesota also predicts corn yields averaging 168 bushels per acre, up eight bushels from 2013.
The federal government says 173 unaccompanied immigrant children have been placed in Minnesota since the start of the year. The Office of Refugee Resettlement on Thursday issued a state-by-state breakdown of unaccompanied child placement. The figures show more than 30,000 children have been released to sponsors this year through July 7.
A recent survey of pregnant women found most are eating little or no fish. Now, the federal government is out with new recommendations to try to change that. The concern is bigger fish have higher mercury levels, which can harm a developing brain.
Plans to relocate a federal government office in the Twin Cities have gone off track, and all because of a bus stop. Many people who need to go to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Bloomington wouldn’t be able to get there easily without public transportation. The office’s current location is just a block away from a bus stop, but the office is scheduled to move this fall. Even though the office is still in Bloomington, it is at least 3 miles away from a Metro Transit bus stop.
Minnesota has received approval from the federal government to direct $58 million over four years into services meant to help senior citizens and people with disabilities in their homes.
Friday is the one-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as “Obamacare.” The rollout of the federal health care website has been fraught with problems. And while Minnesota’s health care website MNsure isn’t glitch free, it’s running much smoother than HealthCare.gov. Minnesota’s one of 16 states and the District of Columbia that set up their own health care exchanges.
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is rarely short on opinion, and he weighed in on the federal government shutdown with WCCO’s Nina Moini on Sunday. Ventura was at the Mall Of America, signing copies of his latest book.
Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura has compared the federal government shutdown to an act of terrorism and he’s pushing a petition for people to voice their displeasure.
The government shutdown is headed into its second week, but Sen. Amy Klobuchar said she is hopeful that a compromise backed by 22 moderate House Republicans to fund the government for six weeks so a deal can be reached could lead to a breakthrough.
There was a time when being a federal employee meant a steady paycheck, great benefits and pride in serving the country. But these days, many federal workers are frustrated, anxious and growing tired of being pawns in a never-ending political struggle over government funding.
It’s official, the federal government is partially shut down Tuesday morning for the first time in 17 years. This comes after the Senate rejected a House bill to fund the government. The shutdown will have an effect on about 18,000 federal workers here in Minnesota. Many of them will be furloughed. Some Government services will also be disrupted.
Minnesota authorities and defense attorneys are welcoming the federal government’s plans to ease up on drug sentences. They’re pointing out that Minnesota already has one of the country’s lowest incarceration rates because it’s been practicing what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been proposing for some 30 years.
Minnesotans could suffer from those budget cuts too. Some over time, and some right away.
Keep an eye on street signs. They’re all being swapped out everywhere because the federal government has new sign standards.