Health Insurance

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Lawmakers Press Dayton To Hit Pause On UCare Decision

State senators are pressing Gov. Mark Dayton to halt a contracting process that would squeeze out a major health insurance company. UCare sued the state last month after being cut out during a bid process for public programs.

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MNsure Tackles Tech Problems Weeks Before Signups Start

State officials say they’re on track to fix several longstanding technical issues at the health insurance exchange MNsure. MNsure’s technological staff told state lawmakers Thursday they have major improvements to the exchange’s back end system lined up for the weekend.

08/20/2015

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UCare Asks Judge To Halt Impending Public Program Signups

The health insurance company UCare has asked a Minnesota judge to halt the state’s upcoming sign-up period for public health insurance programs as the coverage provider fights a decision eliminating it from the menu of options.

08/20/2015

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Nearly 3 Dozen Apply For Top Job At MNsure

Nearly three dozen applicants are vying for the top job at MNsure, but the health insurance exchange’s interim chief executive isn’t one of them. MNsure opened the chief executive spot this summer and received 34 applications, a MNsure spokesman said Friday. Former CEO Scott Leitz stepped down in May to take another job.

08/14/2015

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Dayton Names Panel To Study Future Of MNsure, MinnesotaCare

Gov. Mark Dayton has made 11 picks to a health care task force that will study MNsure and MinnesotaCare and make recommendations for their future direction.

07/31/2015

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State Health Insurance Markets Struggle With Cost Challenges

State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama’s health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states.

07/26/2015

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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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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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Report: MNsure Suffers Another System Glitch

There’s another reported problem for Minnesota’s online health exchange: a system glitch. It means the state must re-run eligibility determinations for more than 55,000 Minnesotans, according to the Star Tribune.

05/12/2015

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GOP Senators Grill Commissioner Over MNsure, Nonprofit Woes

Senate Republicans are putting pressure on one of Gov. Mark Dayton’s commissioners. Mike Rothman has served as commissioner of the Department of Commerce since 2011.

04/30/2015

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GOP’s Attempt To End MNsure Fails In Senate

An attempt to dismantle the Minnesota health insurance exchange failed to get enough votes at the State Capitol Friday. The Democratic-led Minnesota Senate defeated the attempt by Republicans to get rid of MNsure via a budget bill.

04/25/2015

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UnitedHealth Stock Growth Yields Potential Windfall For CEO

UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley realized a potential gain of more than $45 million from exercising stock options last year, as the share price of the nation’s largest health insurer topped $100 on the way to setting all-time highs. The 62-year-old executive exercised options to buy 850,000 shares of stock at the end of 2014 at discounts of as much as 56 percent to UnitedHealth’s share price of $102.24 when he exercised the options.

04/07/2015

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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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Bill Would Scrap MNsure, Move Minnesota To Federal Exchange

A Republican lawmaker has unveiled a plan to abandon MNsure in favor of the federal health insurance exchange. Rep. Matt Dean’s bill that would make Minnesota the 38th state to use the federal HealthCare.gov website. His proposal was to be introduced Tuesday, and if successful Minnesota would make the shift for 2017 enrollments.

03/10/2015

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Women’s Rights Advocates Revive Contraceptive Access Bill

Women’s rights advocates say a 2014 Supreme Court decision could jeopardize access to birth control in Minnesota. They’ve revived a bill at the state Capitol to require most companies to include contraception in their health insurance plans’ prescription drug coverage.

02/24/2015

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Auditor: MNsure’s ‘Failures Outweighed Its Achievements’

A lack of adequate testing before the state’s health insurance exchange launched in 2013 and other issues meant the exchange’s “failures outweighed its achievements” in its first year, the legislative auditor concluded in a report released Tuesday.

02/17/2015

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MNsure Extends Enrollment Deadline For Some Customers

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is giving a reprieve to residents who started the enrollment process before Sunday’s open enrollment deadline but couldn’t complete the process.

02/16/2015

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MNsure Enrollment Deadline Fast Approaches

MNsure is making a final push to sign up Minnesotans for health care before Sunday’s enrollment deadline. More than 60,000 Minnesotans still don’t have coverage. This year, there’s a tax penalty for people who don’t get insurance under the new federal health care law.

02/14/2015

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GOP Bill Would Halve Minnesota Health Exchange

A Republican state senator wants to split Minnesota’s health insurance exchange into two separate entities. MNsure currently signs up residents in private plans and public programs like MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance. Sen. Michelle Benson unveiled a bill Thursday that would split those up.

02/12/2015

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MNsure Extends Contact Center Hours As Open Enrollment Deadline Nears

As the Feb. 15 deadline for MNsure’s open enrollment approaches, the health exchange is offering extended contact center hours for those with last-minute questions.

02/06/2015

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Insurer That Runs Blue Cross Blue Shield Hacked

The FBI is investigating the hacking of one of the nation’s largest health insurers. Anthem runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in more than a dozen states. The company discovered last week that hackers accessed as many as 80 million customer records.

02/05/2015

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Reality Check: The Price Of Not Buying Health Insurance

Minnesotans have until Feb. 15 to sign up for health care insurance or pay a tax penalty. And this year, that penalty could really sting. According to MNsure, the state’s health care exchange, the 2015 penalty for not buying insurance coverage is:

02/04/2015

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Good Question: Why Is Our MNsure Open Enrollment Time Limited?

The deadline to enroll is MNsure is this Feb. 15. After that, you’ll have to wait to sign up until the next open enrollment period, which will likely be later this year.

02/02/2015

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Target Test Program Lets Shoppers Get Health Insurance In-Store

Target is testing a pilot program that allows you to shop health insurance in their stores. “Health care, no matter if you get your insurance from your employer or through an exchange or on the individual market, it’s still extremely confusing,” said Steve Lafferty, Target’s senior director of healthcare partnerships.

01/22/2015

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UnitedHealth Earnings Top Wall St. Expectations

UnitedHealth topped Wall Street expectations for the fourth quarter, and the nation’s largest health insurer brought an optimistic vibe for the new year as it detailed final results from 2014. The Minneapolis-based insurer said Wednesday that it expects stronger enrollment growth from Medicare Advantage plans, a key product that had been pinched by funding cuts in recent years.

01/21/2015

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