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?
Lowest-Cost Insurer Drops From Minnesota ExchangeThe insurance company with the lowest rates and most customers on Minnesota's health care exchange has told state officials that it's pulling out of MNsure for 2015. The decision by Golden Valley-based PreferredOne deals a major blow to the exchange as the next open enrollment period approaches.
Laughs In Minnesota Senate Race Not From FrankenSomeone has a sense of humor in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, but it's not the former "Saturday Night Live" writer and comedian. As front-running Sen. Al Franken sticks with sober ads highlighting his work on issues including the mortgage crisis and mental health in schools, it's Republican challenger Mike McFadden who is bringing the funny.
Minnesotans React To SCOTUS Ruling On Employers Providing Contraceptives A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement in President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, the first time the high court has declared that businesses can hold religious views under federal law. The justices' 5-4 decision, splitting conservatives and liberals, means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under the health insurance plans of objecting companies.
Opponents Of Minnesota Union Drives Hail Ruling Bolstered by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that limits organized labor's power to collect compulsory dues, the lead plaintiff in a parallel Minnesota lawsuit urged Gov. Mark Dayton to have state lawyers stand down and ultimately cancel a pair of drives to unionize home-based day care and health care workers. Rochester day care operator Jennifer Parrish suggested the Democratic governor had little chance to prevail after the nation's top court decided that thousands of home health care workers in Illinois who are "partial-public employees" cannot be required to pay fees that help cover a union's costs of collective bargaining. Although the workers receive state subsidies to care for clients, they aren't considered full-fledged state employees and therefore don't have to pay dues if they don't join a union, the conservative-led court ruled in a 5-4 decision.
MNsure Board Gets Sobering Technology Update Consultants have told the board that governs Minnesota's health insurance exchange that there is a lot of work ahead to get ready for open enrollment in November. Brian Keane of Deloitte Consulting gave the MNsure board an initial assessment Wednesday of what needs to be done to fix the troubled system.
Group Targets Dayton In TV Ad On Health Care Law By most accounts, MNsure's rollout was a disaster. But six months after signups began, CEO Scott Leitz says the online marketplace has turned a corner. "We're continuing to grow at about 1,000 people per day who we're enrolling through MNsure, so we're continuing to see growth, and it's only going to get more as we move into the fall open-enrollment period," Leitz said.
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.
Outside Group Ads Up In Minn. Governor Race An outside political group's new television promotes Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Honour as having the toughest stance against the nation's new health care law.
MNsure Board Drops 'Interim' Tag From CEO's Title The board of directors of Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace has dropped the "interim" tag from its chief executive's title. On a unanimous voice vote, the MNsure board on Tuesday designated Scott Leitz as CEO. He had been interim CEO since taking over the state-run health insurance exchange in December.
MNsure Chooses Deloitte As Lead Vendor Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace announced Deloitte Consulting on Wednesday as the lead manager to overhaul its troubled website and computer systems, citing the company's record of success in other states. MNsure's contract with Deloitte is worth $4.95 million and will run for nine months.
Dayton: 'Hugely Disappointed' In MNsure ProblemsMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday, he's deeply disappointed in the problems at the state's health care exchange.