Health Care

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Minnesota Nets Extra $650M In Health Care Savings

State officials say they’ve saved nearly $650 million by tweaking its subsidized health care programs.

07/28/2015

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UnitedHealth Tops Street 2Q Forecasts

UnitedHealth Group hiked its earnings forecast for the second time this year after quarterly profit grew 13 percent and trumped Wall Street expectations.

07/16/2015

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As SCOTUS Upholds Affordable Care Act, MN GOP Calls For MNsure’s Demise

The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

06/25/2015

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Supreme Court Upholds Nationwide Health Care Law Subsidies

The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law.

06/25/2015

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Report: UnitedHealth Approaches Aetna For Merger Deal

Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group has reportedly approached rival Aetna with a possible merger deal. The takeover deal is valued somewhere around $40 billion, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

06/17/2015

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Cost Of Health Care Premiums Could Increase Dramatically

Health care premiums in Minnesota could skyrocket next year, if providers get their way. Eight Minnesota health insurers have proposed premium increases ranging from 11 to 74 percent.

06/04/2015

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School District Self-Funding Health Care, Saving Money

A newly adopted insurance program in Prior Lake-Savage area schools is saving them more than $1 million this year. They’ve switched to a self-insured program. Natalie Nyhus spoke with the district about how the model works.

05/15/2015

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WCCO Investigates DHS Court Monitor’s $1M Bill To Minn. Taxpayers

Federal Judge Donovan Frank appointed Court Monitor David Ferleger to make sure Minnesota follows orders to fix serious abuses of disabled patients. And he acts as a court-appointed consultant, making sure the state keeps a promise to reform Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program.

05/14/2015

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House Passes Budget That Cuts MinnesotaCare

House Republicans put a health care program for tens of thousands of low-income Minnesotans on the chopping block as the centerpiece of a budget bill that aims to put up half of the $2 billion in tax relief GOP lawmakers hope to offer.

04/29/2015

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Allina Health Employees Picketing Over Long Hours

Crowds of Allina Health employees say they are overworked and worried about their jobs.

03/25/2015

Health Care Tax Credit

How The Affordable Healthcare Act Affects Tax Filing

Learn how the Affordable Healthcare Act, and whether or not you have insurance, will impact the way you do taxes this year.

03/23/2015

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As Questions Mount, It’s Game Time For MNsure

After two years marked largely by disappointment, lawmakers and health care experts are warily eyeing Minnesota’s health insurance exchange as it nears its toughest test yet. The federal money MNsure has leaned heavily on will be gone by the end of the year, and it will have to keep afloat from the fees it pulls in from private plan signups.

03/21/2015

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Dayton To Lawmakers On MNsure: ‘Look Before You Leap’

Gov. Mark Dayton says Republican lawmakers pushing major changes to the state’s health insurance exchange should look before they leap. That’s why the Democratic governor has proposed creating a task force to study the future of MNsure and health care in Minnesota.

03/17/2015

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At Capitol, Plans Abound For Addressing Rural Health Care

Minnesota lawmakers want to address a looming shortage of health care professionals.

02/01/2015

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Lawmakers Seek To Attract Health Care Workers To Rural MN

Minnesota’s need for rural health care services is growing at exactly the time the number of health care professionals is shrinking. In six of the largest counties in northwestern Minnesota around Crookston, it’s a crisis.

01/28/2015

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Good Question: Who Takes Care Of Us When We Get Older?

A new study from the University of Minnesota finds we vastly underestimate the amount of help we’ll need later in life,

01/08/2015

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Outgoing Children’s Hospitals CEO Reflects On A Decade Of Change

Some big changes are coming to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Long-time CEO Dr. Alan Goldbloom is retiring this week after 12 years. Goldbloom grew up in Canada, where he was a child actor. He later became a doctor, and eventually an administrator. When the employees of Children’s Hospitals said their goodbyes to Goldbloom, there was a lot of praise, handshakes and hugs.

12/03/2014

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Split State Power Tempers GOP’s Health Care Plans

After two years of vilifying the federal health overhaul and the state’s health insurance exchange, Minnesota Republicans face Democratic opposition in the Senate and governor’s office that will scale back their hopes for a wholesale makeover.

11/27/2014

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MNsure Enrollment Process Better But Not Perfect

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has seen a spike in consumer visits in its first workweek since open enrollment began last weekend but is handling the load well, officials said Wednesday. MNsure CEO Scott Leitz told the board of directors there had been no major technical issues and no unplanned downtime since the system went live Saturday morning for its second open enrollment season.

11/19/2014

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States Working To Fix Hobbled Health Care Websites

The state that served as a template for President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act had so much trouble coordinating with the federal government that it became a model of another sort: ineptitude.

11/16/2014

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MNsure Officials Say System Off To Smooth Start

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is up and running and enrolling people in coverage on the first day of open enrollment. MNsure’s executive director, Scott Leitz, told reporters the system got off to a successful start Saturday morning without any major issues that they’re aware of.

11/15/2014

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MNsure Racing Toward Open Enrollment

With open enrollment just 10 days away, officials racing to get Minnesota’s health insurance exchange ready for its second act said Wednesday that there are risks ahead and they’ll need all the remaining time for final testing.

11/05/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: Mayo Clinic 150th Anniversary! 10-10-14 Dave Lee

A special broadcast from Rochester, Minnesota for the Mayo Clinic’s 150th Anniversary! Click the link above to listen to highlights from the show.

10/10/2014

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MNsure: Expect An Average Hike Of 4.5 Percent In 2015

The cost of getting health insurance through MNsure next year is going up — but it will still be among the lowest in the country. Minnesotans who get insurance through the state’s health exchange can enroll for next year beginning Nov. 15. Even though the rates are low for some people, others could see big rate hikes.

10/01/2014

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Regions Hospital ‘Prepared’ To Respond To Ebola Threat

The threat of Ebola in the United States has hospitals in the Twin Cities making sure they’re prepared for a potential case here. Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minn. began making an Ebola plan right after they heard about the outbreak in West Africa this summer.

10/01/2014

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