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Insurers Pulling Plans Is Costly Problem For MNsureMinnesota insurers have routed thousands of customers away from MNsure, a financial boon for the companies but one that creates enrollment and revenue headaches for an exchange already confronting concerns about long-term solvency. After signing up customers on plans through the exchange in 2014, two insurers effectively pulled nearly 5,000 policies off MNsure for the following year.
Senate Rejects Fee, Inspection Rule For Abortion ClinicsMinnesota senators have turned back a measure that would have led to twice yearly inspections and $10,200 licensing fees for clinics that provide 10 or more abortions per month. Friday's 32-29 vote establishes a chamber position as senators head into budget negotiations with the Republican-led House.
Reality Check: The Price Of Not Buying Health InsuranceMinnesotans have until Feb. 15 to sign up for health care insurance or pay a tax penalty. And this year, that penalty could really sting. According to MNsure, the state's health care exchange, the 2015 penalty for not buying insurance coverage is:
Democrat Plots Major Changes To MNsure OversightA chief architect of the state's health insurance exchange is moving to dismantle its board, a major change to MNsure oversight that may give Democrats a path to head off larger changes that Republicans want. MNsure is currently a quasi-private entity governed by an independent seven-member board that controls the exchange's budget.
Bi-Partisan Work Underway In Minn. Health CareA bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers unveiled preliminary plans on Wednesday for the state health insurance exchange that will be a key piece of carrying out the federal health care overhaul.
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