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.
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.
Effort To Shift Health Care For Low-Income Residents UnderwayState officials are in the middle of a massive effort to shift hundreds of thousands of low-income residents to new health care plans. It's a byproduct of a statewide bid for the companies that cover enrollees on MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance.
UCare Looks To Salvage State Contracts For Public ProgramsA Minnesota health insurance company started a public push on Tuesday to maintain its foothold in the state's public programs.
MNsure Enrollments, Renewals Approach 8,000Minnesota's health insurance exchange says it has enrolled nearly 8,000 Minnesotans in health plans in the first week of open enrollment this fall. MNsure says over 2,550 Minnesotans have used the exchange to enroll in new coverage or renew their coverage in private health plans since last Saturday.
MNsure Enrollment Process Better But Not PerfectMinnesota's health insurance exchange has seen a spike in consumer visits in its first workweek since open enrollment began last weekend but is handling the load well, officials said Wednesday. MNsure CEO Scott Leitz told the board of directors there had been no major technical issues and no unplanned downtime since the system went live Saturday morning for its second open enrollment season.
Audit Faults Minnesota Public Health Care ProgramsMinnesota's legislative auditor says the state Department of Human Services has failed to adequately verify the eligibility of people who enroll in public health care programs through the state's health insurance exchange MNsure.
Yacht Couple Charged With Welfare Fraud Arrested In Fla.The Minnesota couple who allegedly received more than $167,000 worth of public assistance from Minnesota while living in Florida on a $1.2 million yacht have been arrested. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said that Colin Chisholm III and Andrea Chisholm were deported from the Bahamas on Monday.

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