Good Question: How Do Insurance Companies Decide Who's In-Network?Starting next year, Walgreens will no longer be an in-network pharmacy for people with HealthPartners insurance. So how do insurance companies decide who's in-network? Good Question.
Study: MNsure Rate Hikes Among The Highest In The CountryMinnesota is ranked number one in a category it might not like -- it has some of the highest health care insurance rate hikes in the country.
Judge Rejects UCare Bid To Halt Public Health Program SignupA Minnesota judge has denied an insurance company's attempt to halt public health care registration as it fights to win back a key state contract. Ramsey County District Judge Robert Awsumb denied UCare's request for an injunction Thursday.
Lawmakers Press Dayton To Hit Pause On UCare DecisionState 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.
MNsure Tackles Tech Problems Weeks Before Signups StartState 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.
UCare Asks Judge To Halt Impending Public Program SignupsThe 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.
Nearly 3 Dozen Apply For Top Job At MNsureNearly 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.
Dayton Names Panel To Study Future Of MNsure, MinnesotaCareGov. 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.
State Health Insurance Markets Struggle With Cost ChallengesState-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.
UnitedHealth Tops Street 2Q ForecastsUnitedHealth Group hiked its earnings forecast for the second time this year after quarterly profit grew 13 percent and trumped Wall Street expectations.
Report: UnitedHealth Approaches Aetna For Merger DealMinnetonka-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.
Report: MNsure Suffers Another System GlitchThere'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.