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GOP Zeroing In On MNsure In Governor’s Race

After more problems at Minnesota’s online health care exchange, the Republican candidate for Minnesota governor says if he’s elected, he’ll make drastic changes to MNsure. And Jeff Johnson is pressing Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to do more to stop premium hikes for small businesses. MNsure’s largest and lowest cost provider — PreferredOne — said this week it’s dropping out of the health exchange for financial reasons.

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Lowest-Cost Insurer Drops From Minnesota Exchange

The insurance company with the lowest rates and most customers on Minnesota’s health care exchange has told state officials that it’s pulling out of MNsure for 2015. The decision by Golden Valley-based PreferredOne deals a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches.

09/16/2014

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At Mpls. Meeting, Veterans Ask Questions About Alleged Misconduct

The Town Hall meeting is in response to a federal investigation into allegations of misconduct within the Minneapolis VA.

09/12/2014

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Feds Looking Into Allegations Of Misconduct At Mpls. VA

Top VA leaders say there is a federal investigation looking into allegations of misconduct within the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The director of the Minneapolis VA health care system said the Office of Inspector General is interviewing whistleblowers who say they were pressured into falsifying patient records at the hospital.

09/12/2014

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Judge Won’t Halt Home-Care Workers’ Union Vote

A federal judge has denied a request to stop an election that could unionize thousands of individuals who provide in-home health care to the elderly and disabled. U.S. District Judge Michael Davis said Wednesday he won’t interfere in an ongoing election, based on fear of its potential outcome.

08/20/2014

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St. Paul Nurse Heading To Africa To Fight Ebola Outbreak

The shortage of doctors, nurses and medical equipment is making the Ebola outbreak in West Africa difficult to contain. Tuesday, the United Nations Secretary General urged the international community to step up and help out.

08/12/2014

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‘Operation Walk’ Helps Provide Free Hip, Knee Replacements

Michelle Williams’ energy is ever-present. And so is her limp. The online auction manager never stops moving around her 4,000 square-foot warehouse. But when running her forklift became more than just a pain, Williams realized she needed help. “I like to have fun,” Williams said.

06/17/2014

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Good Question: Do Vets Have To Visit VA For Care?

There is increasing pressure on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. A new report from the VA’s inspector general says hundreds of veterans are awaiting care at a VA hospital in Phoenix. The average wait time is almost four months for a first appointment.

05/28/2014

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UnitedHealth’s 1Q Profit Tumbles 8 Percent

UnitedHealth Group’s first-quarter net income slid 8 percent as funding cuts to a key product and costs imposed by the health care overhaul dented the health insurer’s performance. The Minnetonka company said the overhaul and government budget cuts added about 35 cents per share in costs during the quarter.

04/17/2014

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Dayton Accuses MNsure’s GOP Critics Of ‘Farce’

Gov. Mark Dayton has lashed out at critics of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange, accusing them of waging a propaganda campaign to destroy it. The Democratic governor spoke to reporters after GOP members of a legislative oversight committee said they wanted to use a hearing Wednesday to raise questions about the troubled launch of MNsure last October.

04/08/2014

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MNsure Chief Testifies Before Congressional Panel

MNsure’s interim CEO says Minnesota’s online health insurance exchange is stable, secure and successful. According to an advance copy of his testimony before a congressional panel Thursday, Scott Leitz says it’s not news that MNsure’s rollout was rocky last October.

04/03/2014

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Reality Check: The Consequences Of Not Signing Up For MNsure

In Minnesota, at least one group opposed to Obamacare encouraged Minnesotans not to enroll and encouraged them to refuse to sign up on any website. Gov. Mark Dayton calls it inexplicable. “It’s been a barrage of criticism all the way. It’s been people cheering when it has problems. It’s been telling people not to enroll, which i think was very ill-advised,” Dayton said.

04/02/2014

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Final Tally On MNsure Signups: 169,000

A total of 169,251 Minnesota residents signed up for health insurance coverage by the end of the first open enrollment period, state officials said Tuesday, exceeding the goal set after the troubled launch of the website in October.

04/01/2014

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MNsure Leader Says Key Stats Yet To Come

People waiting for a scorecard on a key insurance enrollment measure under Minnesota’s health care marketplace will have to wait for results. MNsure interim director Scott Leitz said Friday it will take officials time to say how many previously uninsured people have obtained coverage for the first time. Leitz says some statistics are being kept or gleaned from enrollment forms, but it’s not known how many of the 400,000 previously uninsured Minnesotans have enrolled.

03/28/2014

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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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