Wis. Senate Passes Planned Parenthood Funding CutWisconsin Republicans took another step Wednesday in their push to defund Planned Parenthood, with the state Senate passing two bills that would cost the organization millions of dollars every year.
Study: Doulas Can Improve Birth Outcomes For Low Income WomenA new University of Minnesota study says low income women who get support from a doula during the pregnancy end up with fewer dangerous and costly birth complications.
ACLU Sues Over Ban On Transition-Related Surgery Coverage The American Civil Liberties Union says it filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Minnesota Department of Human Services, challenging the ban on transition-related surgeries for transgender people on Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.
Wis. Senate Panel OKs Bills To Strip Planned Parenthood FundingThe state Senate's health committee has approved a pair of bills that would strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding and raise its Medicaid expenses. One measure would require the state to apply for $3.5 million in federal Title X grant money, which currently all goes to Planned Parenthood.
UCare Lays Off A Third Of Its EmployeesOne of Minnesota's largest health care insurers, UCare, is laying off nearly a third of its employees. In July, Minnesota dropped UCare from its Medicaid and Minnesota Care programs after a competitive bidding process.
Bloomington Doctor Charged With Fraud, Identity Theft, Taking KickbacksA Bloomington doctor will be in court Thursday, charged with taking money from Medicare and Medicaid.
Minnesota Health Care Programs Mute Medicaid Expansion CostsThe budget implications of expanding Medicaid aren't hitting Minnesota as hard as other states.
Report: MNsure Suffers Another System GlitchThere's another reported problem for Minnesota's online health exchange: a system glitch. It means the state must re-run eligibility determinations for more than 55,000 Minnesotans, according to the Star Tribune.
Fmr. Stillwater Mayor Allegedly Involved In Million Dollar Fraud CaseA fraud charge is offering more information to what may have led to the mayor of Stillwater's resignation last month. Former Stillwater mayor Ken Harycki is also an accountant. He's charged with helping a client defraud the government of more than $10 million.
Walker, Burke Differ On Medicaid Expansion MoneyGov. Scott Walker proudly defends his decision to reject hundreds of millions of federal dollars to pay for expanding Medicaid coverage, even though polls show most Wisconsin residents believe he made the wrong choice. Mary Burke, his Democratic opponent in the gubernatorial race, decries it as irresponsible.
Nursing Home Chain To Pay $38M In US SettlementA nursing home chain has agreed to pay $38 million to resolve allegations that it billed Medicare and Medicaid for substandard care at nearly three dozen facilities around the country, the Justice Department said.
Twin Sisters Plead Not Guilty To Medical Fraud Twin sisters who once lived in Massachusetts, and now live in Minnesota, have pleaded not guilty to charges they stole more than $580,000 from federal, state and local agencies by allegedly providing unlicensed psychological services.
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.
Good Question: How Common Is Welfare Fraud? A Deephaven couple was in a Florida jail Wednesday night awaiting extradition back to Minnesota. Colin and Andrea Chisholm are accused of bilking the state out of $167,000, starting back in 2005. Prosecutors say they lived in a $1 million home and, at one point, owned $1 million yacht while they were receiving cash assistance, food support and medical assistance.
MNsure Enrollment Tops 145,000Minnesota's health insurance exchange is reporting a jump in enrollments as Monday's open enrollment deadline approaches. MNsure officials say total enrollment has topped 145,000.