Health Insurance

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GOP Hopefuls Split Over Next Step On MNsure

All of the Republicans seeking to oust Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton regard Minnesota’s problem-ridden health insurance exchange as an unmitigated disaster, but they differ on what they would do about it if they were elected.

02/14/2014

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MNsure Site Improving, But Budget Remains Shaky

Minnesota lawmakers warned leaders of the state’s health exchange Wednesday that they need to figure out how to cover a possible budget shortfall, as insurance enrollment trends continue to point to a deficit starting in 2015. “How much more expensive is this going to be?” asked Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska, at a meeting of a legislative panel that oversees MNsure, Minnesota’s exchange. “I think people want to know how expensive it’s going to be and how it’s going to be paid for.”

02/12/2014

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MNsure Enrollment Grows, But Private Plans Lag

Insurance signups through Minnesota’s health care marketplace continued to grow into February to more than 90,000 people, but enrollment continues to be weighted more toward public plans over private insurance.

02/05/2014

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3 Wis. Counties On List Of Most Expensive Places For Health Insurance

If you live in Polk, Pierce, or St. Croix County in western Wisconsin, you’re likely paying about twice as much as your neighbor across the river in Stillwater.

02/04/2014

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Outside Review Finds Deep Flaws In MNsure Website

The troubled website for Minnesota’s health insurance exchange can’t be completely fixed in time for the March 31 deadline by which all Americans are supposed to have coverage under the new federal law.

01/22/2014

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Minn. Lawmakers Give Taste Of 2014 Session Bills

Lawmakers itching to get their proposals in the pipeline have filed them ahead of the 2014 session.

01/13/2014

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Good Question: How Much Does Insurance Fraud Cost Us?

More than 100 former New York City workers – including police officers and firefighters – were charged Tuesday with defrauding the disability system. Some are accused of fishing or doing karate after saying they were too injured or too depressed to work. Prosecutors say the alleged scams cost the federal government about $400 million. Every year, Americans pay $1.1 trillion in private insurance premiums, but a big chunk of that money goes to pay out false insurance claims.

01/08/2014

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MNsure CEO: Some Enrollees Need To Apply On Paper

The leader of Minnesota’s health insurance exchange said Wednesday that some portion of its customers won’t be able to nail down coverage ahead of a March 31 federal deadline by using its troubled website, and will need to do so by filing a paper application.

01/08/2014

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Health Plan Scramble Crams Minn. Agency Helpline

A late scramble to finalize health coverage before the new year crammed the call center Tuesday at Minnesota’s insurance marketplace, which is still working to repair problems with its centerpiece online portal.

12/31/2013

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Deadline Nears For Minn. Health Plan Sign-Ups

Just two shopping days left for Minnesota health insurance shoppers who expect to have coverage as the new year starts. Tuesday is the final day to enroll for a plan through the state’s health insurance exchange, known as MNsure.

12/30/2013

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Deadline Extended For Health Insurance Sign-Up

The deadline to sign up for insurance on the government’s health care website arrived Tuesday, a day later than expected after the Obama administration granted those waiting until the last minute — or those tripped up by the site’s glitches — an extra day to enroll.

12/24/2013

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MNsure Gives Users Troubleshooting Tips

MNsure is releasing some tips they hope will help frustrated Minnesotans troubleshoot through its health insurance marketplace website. John Schadl, spokesman for MNsure, says they have gathered several common questions that operators at their call center are asked daily. The original deadline for enrollment was Monday, Dec. 23, but that deadline was extended to Dec. 31 after complaints of ongoing challenges that people faced while trying to enroll under the new federal health care law.

12/23/2013

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Last-Minute Insurance Shoppers Given Grace Period

Anticipating heavy traffic on the government’s health care website, the Obama administration effectively extended Monday’s deadline for signing up for insurance by a day, giving people in 36 states more time to select a plan.

12/23/2013

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MNsure Extends Enrollment Deadline By 1 Week

Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace is extending by one week its deadline for signing up for coverage that takes effect on the first of the new year. The new interim CEO of MNsure says Friday that a Monday deadline for signing up will be extended to Dec. 31. That means people will be able to enroll right up to the day before the insurance takes effect. In addition, MNsure leader Scott Leitz says people will have until Jan. 10 to pay for their coverage. Leitz says all MNsure enrollees may not have insurance cards by Jan. 1 but that the agency is working on ways they can prove their coverage to doctors and hospitals.

12/20/2013

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Dayton Withholds Endorsement Of MNsure Leaders

Gov. Mark Dayton is stopping short of expressing full faith in the executive leadership at Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. Dayton was asked Thursday if he has confidence that exchange leaders were adequately addressing problems.

12/12/2013

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Personal Stories Used As Spin Over New Health Law

When Jennifer Slafter first ran the numbers, she thought the new federal health care law would cost her family an extra $171 a month for an insurance plan with a higher deductible. So the 40-year-old stay-home mom from southeastern Minnesota felt compelled to go public with her frustration.

12/08/2013

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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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MNsure ‘Navigators’ Charged With Spreading Word

Standing at the front of a small classroom on the fourth floor of St. Paul’s library, Maureen O’Connell attempted to help the five people at the “MNsure Crash Course” understand how federal health care reform affects their lives.

11/24/2013

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Dayton: Minn. Won’t Extend Insurance Coverage

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Monday that Minnesota will not allow people to keep existing insurance plans for another year, despite President Barack Obama’s plan to allow it.

11/18/2013

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Three Glaring Changes Needed To Fix Obamacare

Some immediate fixes can address problems that are becoming evident as provisions of the new law take effect.

11/18/2013

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MNsure Debuts 3 New ‘Paul And Babe’ TV Ads

Paul and Babe are back in new TV ads from Minnesota’s health insurance exchange. MNsure, the state portal for delivering federal health insurance changes, has been employing mythical Minnesota icons Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox in a series of spots that playfully describe the state as the “Land of 10,000 Reasons to Get Health Insurance.”In one new ad, which starts airing statewide next week, the plaid-shirted Paul finds himself partially submerged in a freezing lake after an ice fishing mishap. Two other Paul and Babe ads that previously only aired online have also started airing on statewide television. Those two ads feature Paul in a pair of disastrous doctor visits.

11/15/2013

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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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Enforcing The Health Law Mandate: What The IRS Can & Can’t Do

According to one tax expert, the IRS cannot attach a lien to personal assets for not having health insurance.

11/13/2013

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5 Ways To Buy Health Insurance Without A Government Exchange

If you are not assured by promises of a highly secure government exchange to buy health insurance, skip it.

11/08/2013

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