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Ridebooking, Insurance Companies Say They Have Safety Deal

Services like Uber and Lyft connect drivers with fare-paying riders through smartphone apps. Minnesota is one of many states where lawmakers pitched plans to require extra insurance for drivers. They want to ensure drivers are sufficiently covered in case of an accident.

03/27/2015

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Uber Drivers, Supporters Rally Against Proposed Legislation

Many people watching March Madness games at local bars may use Uber to get home Thursday night. But supporters of the ride-share program say a bill at the Capitol would make working in the Twin Cities impossible. “I love driving Uber,” driver Dustin Simko said.

03/19/2015

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Blue Cross Blue Shield Nurse Accused Of Illegally Accessing Patient Records

A nurse with a history of narcotics theft illegally accessed a state database that contains prescription drug records for 1 million Minnesotans, all under the supervision of government entities that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

03/02/2015

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MNsure Nears 60,000 Health Coverage Signups

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.

12/26/2014

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MNsure Still Struggles Sending Consumer Data To Health Plans

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.

12/17/2014

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New Plans Outpace Renewals For MNsure Signups

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.

12/17/2014

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Rural Vet Clinic In Peril After Fire

A western Minnesota town is rallying behind a veterinarian after she lost nearly everything in a fire. Back in June, a fire destroyed the Appleton Veterinary Clinic. A puppy was trapped inside and also died. Veterinarian Rachel Bakeberg also lost thousands of dollars in medical equipment.

12/15/2014

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MNsure Moves 2015 Sign-Up Deadline To Dec. 20

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.

12/15/2014

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MNsure Enrollments, Renewals Approach 8,000

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.

11/22/2014

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MNsure Officials Say System Off To Smooth Start

Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is up and running and enrolling people in coverage on the first day of open enrollment. MNsure’s executive director, Scott Leitz, told reporters the system got off to a successful start Saturday morning without any major issues that they’re aware of.

11/15/2014

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Dayton Takes Heat For Early Departure

Gov. Mark Dayton is taking heat for avoiding reporters with questions about a key insurance provider’s exit from the state’s health care exchange.

10/23/2014

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Blue Cross Insurance To Open Retail Store In Edina

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is preparing to open its first-ever retail store, where consumers can sign up for insurance coverage and get information on healthy living. The store opens Nov. 8 in the Yorkdale Shoppes mall in Edina.

10/14/2014

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What Has The Affordable Care Act Accomplished A Year Later?

With almost a year under its belt, has the Affordable Care Act impact as many people as it originally set out to?

09/18/2014

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Mpls. Couple Has Insurance Warning For Homeowners

A Twin Cities couple calls their experience with an insurance company a lesson that all homeowners should learn. David Hettlinger and his wife are still trying to recover from a storm two summers ago.

09/03/2014

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Hail Devastates Waverly Farms

Severe storms rolled through parts of the state Wednesday morning. The worst weather hit Wright County with damaging winds and large hail. For farmers there, the storm was devastating. Piles of hail up to a foot deep is an incredible sight to a meteorologist, but it’s a sight that farmers in Waverly, Minn. hope to never see, especially at harvest time.

09/03/2014

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Baby Finally Covered After Family Waited On MNsure For Months

A Twin Cities family says their newborn has been without health insurance for months due to MNsure delays. The Emmerichs tried for more than four months to get coverage for their baby boy.

08/21/2014

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19 Most Popular Auto Insurance Discounts

When was the last time that you shopped around for auto insurance?

07/18/2014

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Adding A Teen Driver To Your Insurance Leads To 79% Higher Cost

Adding a teenage driver to a married couple’s car insurance policy leads to a 79% higher average annual premium

07/17/2014

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Good Question: Who Actually Needs Flood Insurance?

Flooding is so widespread across Minnesota that families from the Canadian border to the Iowa border are trying to dry out. And many homeowners are seeing water seep into their homes and basements.

06/19/2014

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Research: 40 Percent Drop In Minnesota’s Uninsured

The federal health overhaul has helped cut the ranks of uninsured people in Minnesota by about 40 percent, University of Minnesota researchers reported Wednesday in the first major assessment of the law’s effect in the state. The study estimated that the number of uninsured Minnesotans fell by 180,500 from Sept. 30 to May 1 — from about 445,000 people to about 264,500.

06/11/2014

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MNsure Callers Experience Longer Waits For Help

Callers to Minnesota’s health insurance exchange are experiencing longer waits this week as the deadline for open enrollment approaches. As expected, MNsure is experiencing an upsurge in calls as residents try to sign up for coverage before the 11:59 p.m. Monday deadline.

03/27/2014

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MNsure Enrollment Tops 136,000, Exceeding Goal

Minnesota’s new health care exchange celebrated a milestone Tuesday as officials announced they have exceeded their goal by enrolling over 136,700 Minnesotans in insurance plans with less than a week to go in the inaugural open enrollment period.

03/25/2014

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Talking Points: MNsure Sign Ups In The Final Week

A week from Monday is the deadline for signing up for insurance under Obamacare. Despite early problems, the state of Minnesota’s health exchange, MNsure, says it is seeing a huge surge of people signing up.

03/23/2014

Can My Health Insurance Cover My Children?

Whether or not your health insurance can cover your children depends on your specific policy.

03/20/2014

Can My Health Insurance Cover My Spouse?

Whether or not your health insurance can cover your spouse depends on your specific policy.

03/20/2014

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