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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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Audit: Numerous Factors Aided MNsure Data Breach

Minnesota’s legislative auditor says leaders of the state’s new health insurance exchange could have done more to prevent the disclosure of Social Security numbers of about 1,600 insurance agents.

11/07/2013

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MNsure Signups Nearly Triple In Second 2 Weeks

Almost 11,000 people have signed up for insurance through Minnesota’s online exchange in its first month of operation.

11/06/2013

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Reality Check: MNsure’s First Month

Friday is the one-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as “Obamacare.” The rollout of the federal health care website has been fraught with problems. And while Minnesota’s health care website MNsure isn’t glitch free, it’s running much smoother than HealthCare.gov. Minnesota’s one of 16 states and the District of Columbia that set up their own health care exchanges.

11/01/2013

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MNsure Lands $41M Federal Government Grant

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange has received a $41 million federal government grant to continue the exchange’s rollout. Officials of the exchange, known as MNsure, announced the Health and Human Services grant on Thursday. MNsure had applied for $45 million.

10/24/2013

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America Faces A Retirement Crisis

Retirement used to mean packing up and buying a home in Florida, but not anymore according to Retirement Plan Partners president and financial advisor Joe Connell. “The trend is that people are going to have to extend their retirements mostly due to things outside of their control,” Connell said. According to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Monday, 82 percent of workers 50 and older say it’s at least somewhat likely they’ll work for pay in retirement, while another 47 percent plan to retire later than they previously thought.

10/14/2013

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