Insurance Plans For 'Critical illness' Rise In Popularity"Critical illness" insurance is surging in popularity as consumers in high-deductible health plans look for ways to fill gaps in their coverage. The specialized coverage can help people who might struggle to pay out-of-pocket costs because it pays for things that conventional plans don't.
Proof Of Insurance Now Required To Register A Vehicle In Minn.Starting Friday, state law requires proof of insurance to get new tabs or to register a vehicle. It's one way the state is trying to cut down on the number of insured drivers in Minnesota.
MN Offering Free Anti-Smoking Treatment To SomeIt's the turn of a new year, and the state of Minnesota is helping people whose New Year's resolutions are to quit smoking. Nearly 6,000 people die every year in Minnesota due to smoking, and it causes nearly $2.5 billion annually in medical costs.
MNsure: 70% Of Private Plan Shoppers Get CreditsSeventy percent of private insurance buyers so far on Minnesota's health insurance exchange have qualified for federal tax credits. Officials with MNsure released updated statistics Wednesday on insurance shopping as open enrollment nears a big deadline. People who want insurance in place by Jan. 1 have until Tuesday to sign up.
Good Question: Who’s Using Obamacare & How Much Money Are They Getting?Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling means millions of Americans can still get tax credits to buy health insurance. The court ruled in favor of allowing states like Wisconsin, which never set up its own marketplace, to continue to offer financial assistance for health insurance.
Ridebooking, Insurance Companies Say They Have Safety DealServices 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.
Uber Drivers, Supporters Rally Against Proposed LegislationMany 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.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Nurse Accused Of Illegally Accessing Patient RecordsA 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.
MNsure Nears 60,000 Health Coverage SignupsThe 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.
MNsure Still Struggles Sending Consumer Data To Health PlansMinnesota'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.
New Plans Outpace Renewals For MNsure SignupsNearly 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.
Rural Vet Clinic In Peril After FireA 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.