Reality Check: The Cost To Not Have Health Insurance In 2016It's an important time of year for thousands of Minnesotans: Time to sign up for next year's health insurance. And if you don't get it, get ready to pay up anyway. The new federal health care law requires American citizens to have health insurance.
MNsure Board Names Sole Candidate For CEO JobMinnesota's health insurance exchange is considering a sole finalist to become its fourth leader in three years. MNsure's board of directors on Wednesday named Mark Nyquist the lone candidate to take the chief executive job permanently.
MNsure Customers Say They're Seeing Double-Digit HikesMNsure officials say they're ready to handle a flood of customers when open enrollment begins Sunday. The exchange is heading into its third round of open enrollment with more call center staff. Interim Chief Executive Officer Allison O'Toole said Wednesday they're already receiving calls from consumers worried about double-digit premium hikes for next year.
UCare Customer Suing Minnesota Over Contract BiddingAn anonymous Minnesota resident is suing the state over its decision to drop UCare for public health care programs in a competitive bid process.
UnitedHealth Group 3Q Profit Slips, But Above ExpectationsUnitedHealth Group's third-quarter profit slipped, but the nation's largest health insurer still beat Wall Street expectations due in part to prescription drug management and its other fast-growing businesses.
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.
Good Question: How Do Insurance Companies Decide Who's In-Network?Starting next year, Walgreens will no longer be an in-network pharmacy for people with HealthPartners insurance. So how do insurance companies decide who's in-network? Good Question.
Study: MNsure Rate Hikes Among The Highest In The CountryMinnesota is ranked number one in a category it might not like -- it has some of the highest health care insurance rate hikes in the country.
Judge Rejects UCare Bid To Halt Public Health Program SignupA Minnesota judge has denied an insurance company's attempt to halt public health care registration as it fights to win back a key state contract. Ramsey County District Judge Robert Awsumb denied UCare's request for an injunction Thursday.
Lawmakers Press Dayton To Hit Pause On UCare DecisionState senators are pressing Gov. Mark Dayton to halt a contracting process that would squeeze out a major health insurance company. UCare sued the state last month after being cut out during a bid process for public programs.
MNsure Tackles Tech Problems Weeks Before Signups StartState officials say they're on track to fix several longstanding technical issues at the health insurance exchange MNsure. MNsure's technological staff told state lawmakers Thursday they have major improvements to the exchange's back end system lined up for the weekend.
UCare Asks Judge To Halt Impending Public Program SignupsThe health insurance company UCare has asked a Minnesota judge to halt the state's upcoming sign-up period for public health insurance programs as the coverage provider fights a decision eliminating it from the menu of options.
Nearly 3 Dozen Apply For Top Job At MNsureNearly three dozen applicants are vying for the top job at MNsure, but the health insurance exchange's interim chief executive isn't one of them. MNsure opened the chief executive spot this summer and received 34 applications, a MNsure spokesman said Friday. Former CEO Scott Leitz stepped down in May to take another job.
Dayton Names Panel To Study Future Of MNsure, MinnesotaCareGov. Mark Dayton has made 11 picks to a health care task force that will study MNsure and MinnesotaCare and make recommendations for their future direction.
State Health Insurance Markets Struggle With Cost ChallengesState-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama's health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. These challenges could lead more of them to turn over operations to the federal government or join forces with other states.