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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The tax filing season officially opens on Tuesday, and this year there are a number of potentially big changes of which citizens need to be aware. For the first time under the Affordable Care Act, most Americans will have to certify that they had health insurance coverage in 2014 to avoid a tax penalty.
The state’s health insurance exchange has enrolled nearly 59,000 Minnesotans in coverage as a key deadline approaches. MNsure announced its most up-to-date enrollment figures on Friday, putting the exchange well ahead of enrollment at this time last year. Minnesotans have until noon on Dec. 31 to sign up for health insurance effective Jan. 1.
Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has extended the deadline for a second time to give residents more time to enroll for coverage that takes effect Jan. 1.
Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has celebrated shorter call wait times and a largely problem-free website this year, but state officials are still struggling to transfer the enrollment data that insurance companies need to enroll thousands of residents in coverage.
Nearly 14,000 Minnesotans have signed up for coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange for the first time. Combined with about 10,000 renewed plans, MNsure has enrolled roughly 24,000 private health plans.
Minnesota families are getting more time to sign up for health insurance. MNsure had set a midnight deadline on Monday if you needed coverage starting on Jan. 1. But Monday afternoon, the agency pushed that back to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Scott Leitz, the head of MNsure, spoke with Esme Murphy on WCCO Sunday Morning, a day before the scheduled deadline for consumers to sign up for health insurance as required by the Affordable Care Act.
A federal judge says a Hastings auto dealership can’t be forced to provide employees with health insurance that covers certain forms of birth control
State officials are reminding Minnesotans to sign up through the state’s health insurance exchange by Dec. 15 to ensure they’re covered at the start of the New Year. MNsure is preparing for a rush of web traffic ahead of the Monday deadline, increasing call center hours to handle consumers looking to avoid a lapse in coverage.
Minnesota’s health insurance exchange says it has enrolled nearly 8,000 Minnesotans in health plans in the first week of open enrollment this fall. MNsure says over 2,550 Minnesotans have used the exchange to enroll in new coverage or renew their coverage in private health plans since last Saturday.
The executive director of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange says a mostly problem-free weekend rollout netted more than 500 enrollees.
Connie Grover has been in the bar-and-restaurant business for more than 30 years. So she’s accustomed to sudden change. But she was stunned to get a letter from PreferredOne saying her monthly insurance rates are going up 160 percent. “I couldn’t believe how high the rate went,” Grover said. “I just couldn’t believe it.”
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.
Minnesota-based PreferredOne had some of the lowest insurance rates in the country on the MNsure website, but abruptly dropped out in September. Now, it’s raising rates for some customers as much as 66 percent — a jarring “market correction.” Larry Jacobs studies the federal health care law for the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.