Minn. Health Exchange Opens, A Few Hours Late Officials with Minnesota's state-run health insurance exchange still haven't announced a time for its launch. MNsure officials said late Monday afternoon that they had pushed the debut back to sometime Tuesday afternoon. But by early afternoon they still had not set a time for the online marketplace to go live and had not said why.
MNsure Won't Be Ready To Go Tuesday MorningConsumers won't be able to use Minnesota's new online marketplace for health insurance as planned Tuesday morning and will have to wait until sometime in the afternoon, the head of the state-run exchange said Monday. April Todd-Malmlov, executive director of MNsure, said officials want to make sure the system connects properly with federal computer systems and that it's secure before it goes live for consumers. MNsure officials had been saying for months they expected consumers could start signing up at the start of the business day Tuesday. She said they weren't sure what time in the afternoon the system would be ready. Enrollment begins Tuesday nationwide for coverage under the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act. Roughly 300,000 uninsured Minnesotans are expected to buy insurance via the portal. The delay is one of several glitches in MNsure's rollout that Todd-Malmlov spoke about late Monday afternoon.
Minn. Now Permits Online Voter RegistrationMinnesota can now register to vote from their computers or other remote devices, giving them an alternative to filling out a paper form. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie's office announced the launch of the online voter registration system on Thursday.
Quick Tips On Navigating MNsureMinnesota is days away from launching its new health insurance program as Minnesotans will pay the lowest average monthly premiums in the country. That's according to new numbers from the Obama administration made public on Wednesday.
Parents Take To The Internet To Find Best Sitter RatesAll parents have asked themselves the big question -- is it worth paying a babysitter for a night out? Babysitting is big business. In fact, in the last 30 years, the Labor Department says sitter rates have risen nine times faster than inflation.
Paul Bunyan Pitching In On MNsure PushThe leaders of MNsure unveiled a new marketing campaign featuring two Minnesota icons that will run for the next month. The campaign features folk hero Paul Bunyan and his faithful companion Babe in a series of unfortunate mishaps along with a twist on familiar slogan, "Minnesota: Land of 10,000 reasons to get health insurance."
Edina Man Arrested In Wis. Attempted AbductionA 32-year-old Edina man is in custody after he allegedly held a 19-year-old woman he met online against her will near Eau Claire, Wis.
Buying Prescription Glasses Online: Worth The Savings?On average, a person will pay about $200 for a pair of prescription glasses. Add on a designer name and fancy frames and you'll pay much more. But, some glasses are selling online for as little as $7. WCCO wondered how they measure up.
Talking Points: Expanding Background Checks For Gun SalesThe U.S. Senate will be taking up a gun control bill that calls for expanding background checks to online and gun show sales.
Feds: Man Blackmailed Teens Into Online SexA northwest Indiana man blackmailed a 15-year-old New York girl into performing sex acts for him during a video chat by telling her another man had hacked into her iPad and taken video of her dressing in her room, federal court records say.
Elk River Teen Missing For 2 Weeks Found SafeThe missing Elk River teenage girl who hadn't been seen since Feb. 11 has been found safe, authorities say.
Esme's Blog: Seduction Via The WebThe real lesson of Minneapolis police officer Bradley Schnickel's arrest on six felony counts of luring and having sexual encounters with young girls is that social networking makes this predatory behavior so much easier than it used to be.
400 Bar To Close; Auctioning Memorabilia OnlineFor 17 years, the 400 bar was a spot for up and coming and popular Twin Cities bands. Now, the owners of the Minneapolis club decided to close.
Ex-Nurse Wants Aiding-Suicide Conviction ReversedAn attorney for a former Minnesota nurse convicted of going online and encouraging two people to kill themselves says his client was merely supporting his alleged victims and had no influence on their actions.
Critical Online Reviews Can Carry Legal RisksA Minnesota doctor took offense when a patient's son posted critical remarks about him on some rate-your-doctor websites, including a comment by a nurse who purportedly called the physician "a real tool."