Narrow Senate Divide Raises Stakes In Northern Minnesota Special ElectionVoters in northern Minnesota take part in a special Senate election Tuesday with a little more at stake than usual.
Lourey Wins Democratic Primary For Senate SeatStu Lourey has won a Democratic primary for an open state Senate seat. Lourey eased past Michelle Lee Tuesday evening in unofficial returns for a special election in northern Minnesota.
Walz Chooses Tony Lourey To Head Human Services DepartmentGov.-elect Tim Walz has named former legislator Tony Lourey to take over Minnesota's Department of Human Services, an agency responsible for nearly one-third of the state's spending.
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.
Senate Rejects Fee, Inspection Rule For Abortion ClinicsMinnesota senators have turned back a measure that would have led to twice yearly inspections and $10,200 licensing fees for clinics that provide 10 or more abortions per month. Friday's 32-29 vote establishes a chamber position as senators head into budget negotiations with the Republican-led House.
Reality Check: The Price Of Not Buying Health InsuranceMinnesotans have until Feb. 15 to sign up for health care insurance or pay a tax penalty. And this year, that penalty could really sting. According to MNsure, the state's health care exchange, the 2015 penalty for not buying insurance coverage is:
Democrat Plots Major Changes To MNsure OversightA chief architect of the state's health insurance exchange is moving to dismantle its board, a major change to MNsure oversight that may give Democrats a path to head off larger changes that Republicans want. MNsure is currently a quasi-private entity governed by an independent seven-member board that controls the exchange's budget.
Bi-Partisan Work Underway In Minn. Health CareA bipartisan group of Minnesota lawmakers unveiled preliminary plans on Wednesday for the state health insurance exchange that will be a key piece of carrying out the federal health care overhaul.