Health Care

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MNsure Signups Grow From Oct. To Nov., But Glitches Continue

The pace of signups for health insurance through MNsure increased by nearly 50 percent from its first month to its second, according to figures released Wednesday. With the Jan. 1 start of coverage under the federal health law now less than a month away, MNsure officials said 24,586 individual Minnesotans have completed the enrollment process.

12/04/2013

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Obamacare Key Dates In 2014

Implementation of the health reform law continues through 2014 with these key dates.

11/25/2013

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Minn. Cub Foods Stores Offering MNsure Information

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is teaming up with grocery store chain Cub Foods to spread the word about enrolling in insurance coverage. Shoppers at Cub’s dozens of Minnesota locations will find consumer brochures and fact sheets for MNsure in store pharmacies.

11/23/2013

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Minn. Gets Federal OK For $58M To Aid Vulnerable

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.

11/20/2013

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Reality Check: Gov’s Decision To Continue MNsure Enrollment

Minnesota has rejected President Obama’s offer to delay some canceled insurance policies for a year under the new health law. The President was trying to make good on a promise that “if you like your policy, you can keep it.” Now, millions are finding themselves in limbo, including here in Minnesota.

11/19/2013

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Dayton: Obama Did Right Thing On Insurance Plans

Gov. Mark Dayton says he believes President Barack Obama made the right decision by letting insurance companies continue to offer consumers health plans that were set to be canceled under federal health care changes.

11/14/2013

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Romneycare Vs. Obamacare: Key Similarities & Differences

Can the nation expect to see the same positive results across the country as was seen in Massachusetts?

11/13/2013

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Minn. Caregivers For Disabled, Elderly Seek Boost

Caregivers for the elderly and disabled got a head start Tuesday on lobbying Minnesota lawmakers to approve a 5 percent rate increase for home and community based services, using a rally attended by hundreds and presided over by supportive legislators.

11/12/2013

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Audit: Numerous Factors Aided MNsure Data Breach

Minnesota’s legislative auditor says leaders of the state’s new health insurance exchange could have done more to prevent the disclosure of Social Security numbers of about 1,600 insurance agents.

11/07/2013

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Insured Minnesotans Feel Like They’re Losing Out

Nearly 280,000 Minnesotans who pay for their own insurance will receive a letter from their health care provider detailing some small and some large changes to their plans.

10/31/2013

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Should You Give Obama Care a Chance?

Listen to the interview with Sally Kohn in its entirety.  

10/30/2013

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Franken: Fed Health Care Site Getting Better

Sen. Al Franken says it’s too early to extend the signup period for insurance under the federal health overhaul.

10/24/2013

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Who Is The Woman On The Health Care Site?

The healthcare reform stories of the past few weeks have turned one woman into the face of the debate. You’ve probably seen the woman on the front page of the website HealthCare.gov.

10/24/2013

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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 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: 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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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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Administration: MNsure Has Lowest Average Premiums Nationwide

Just six days before its launch, the state says all systems are a go for Minnesota’s new health insurance program: MNsure.

09/25/2013

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Dayton Defends MNsure After Security Breach

Gov. Mark Dayton is defending Minnesota’s online health insurance exchange after an accidental release of the private data of more than 2,400 insurance agents. MNsure officials say they quickly remedied the error by an employee, and will investigate it.

09/13/2013

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Glitch Adds Extra $1,000 On Some U Of M Students’ Bill

Some University of Minnesota students are facing some unexpected charges, while the U said it will soon have it all straightened out. The university said a programming glitch added $1,000 to 1,800 students’ bills for the semester.

09/10/2013

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Commissioner: MNsure Plans Boast Lowest Avg. Rates In U.S.

Minnesotans learned on Friday how much they can expect to pay for health insurance on the state’s new online exchange, and the numbers suggest Minnesota will have the lowest average rates in the country with the plan. On Friday, Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman revealed the individual policy premium rates. MNSure is part of the new federal health care law that requires insurance by January 1, 2014.

09/06/2013

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How Much Will MNsure Cost? Reality Check

On Friday, MNsure — Minnesota’s new online health insurance exchange — will reveal how much consumers will pay for insurance premiums under the program, which is part of the new federal health care law. The top question at the MNsure call center has been, “How much will I pay for insurance?”

09/05/2013

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