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Minn. Health Care Costs, Cost Growth Below Average

Minnesota likes to think of itself as an innovator in health care with some of the lowest costs yet one of the healthiest populations in the country. And the state’s official health care economist says its efforts to put a lid on rising costs seem to be paying off.

08/28/2013

Health Reform Rollout: Today – 2018

While many Americans are aware of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what may be in store in the near future, some are unaware of the longer term provisions still to come. Below is a […]

08/25/2013

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New Health Care Law Could Have 9,000 Minnesotans Receiving Rebate Checks

Some 9,000 Minnesotans could be in line for health insurance rebate checks now going out as part of the new federal health care law.

08/05/2013

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Franken In Minn. Talks Health Care, Mental Health

Senator Al Franken is making several Twin Cities stops where he’ll be talking health care and criminal justice issues. The Democratic senator holds a state Capitol news conference Monday morning to tout a provision of President Obama’s health care overhaul that he helped shape.

08/05/2013

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The New Patient’s Bill Of Rights

The new Patient’s Bill of Rights protects many basic rights of Americans when it comes to personal health care and dealing with insurance companies.

07/22/2013

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Health Care Costs In America Versus The Rest Of The World

While America has the most expensive health care system in the world, Americans do not live longer or have better health than people in most other developed countries.

07/20/2013

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Study Puts Minnesota Near Top Of Life Expectancy List

If you’re 65 and living in Hawaii, here’s some good news: Odds are you’ll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you’ll likely be in pretty good health. Hawaii tops the charts in the government’s first state-by-state look.

07/18/2013

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Potential Issues As 1.3M Minnesotans Get Health Care Coverage

The push is on to get 1.3 million Minnesotans to sign up for insurance under the new health care law. The program is called MNsure, goes into effect Jan. 1, and anyone can buy health insurance through the program, though there will be significant federal subsidies for low-income patients.

07/02/2013

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Advocates Call MNsure Enrollment System Unfair

Minnesota is hiring people to help residents sign up for health plans through its new online health insurance exchange. But advocates say the state is discriminating against the poor by paying consumer assistants less to help low-income residents.

06/17/2013

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Medica Program Could Cut Down Your Grocery Bills

Saving money is getting easier for 200,000 Minnesota families. Medica is rolling out a new program Monday that helps people save money and eat healthier. The program is called “healthy savings.” Each week, a new list of healthy foods will go on sale.

06/14/2013

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Franken: $1.6 Million Available For Community Health Clinics

Senator Al Franken announced Friday that 16 Minnesota community health centers will be eligible to apply for more than $1.6 million in funds to help uninsured patients. According to Sen. Franken’s office, the funds are a portion of the $150 million made available to help community health centers via the 2010 health reform law. Franken says community health centers regularly help uninsured citizens, and the funding will help them to continue their important work.

05/10/2013

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Bachmann Joins Senator To Request Medicaid Audit

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann and a state senator are calling for a state and national audit of Medicaid.

04/09/2013

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Gov. Dayton Signs Health Exchange Bill

Minnesotans will be able to buy health insurance online through a state-based marketplace called MNsure, starting in 2014.

03/20/2013

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Minn. Nurse Staffing Bill Scaled Back

A Minnesota nurses union and the state’s hospitals are nearing a deal to study and publish more data about staffing plans rather than put minimum staffing requirements into law.

03/15/2013

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Lawmakers Debate Online Health Insurance Shopping

State lawmakers are in the midst of a heated debate Monday night that could affect a million Minnesotans. It’s the centerpiece of the new federal health care law that would create an online system to buy health care insurance.

03/04/2013

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