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Health Care

Jan 25, 2017

Insurance relief package clears conference committee

Stage set for $325 million relief bill’s final approvals on Thursday.

Oct 28, 2016

Dayton’s new insurance remedy: rebates

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday proposed 25 percent rebates on health insurance premiums to help Minnesotans affected by the state’s health insurance crisis.

Oct 5, 2016

Campaign for paid sick leave gains momentum

NEW YORK — The campaign to give workers paid time off when they’re sick is picking up momentum. A bill that would give workers for the Illinois county that includes Chicago one hour of paid sick time for each 40 hours they work was up for a vote Wednesday. Sick leave referendums are on the November ballot in Arizona and Washington state. Proposals are also expected to be voted on soon in Du[...]

Jun 8, 2016

Mayo seeks Discovery Square developer

Construction on the bioresearch campus could begin as soon as next year

Jun 8, 2016

Hormel Institute expands labs, staff

Austin center designed to better serve cancer researchers

Jan 13, 2016

Physicians demur as cannabis-for-pain nears

Tweaking Minnesota’s relatively new medical marijuana law isn’t in the cards this year. That was the word from the 2014 law’s Senate sponsor, Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, after Tuesday’s meeting of the Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research, which Dibble co-chairs. The panel heard that many doctors are proving resistant to adopting medical cannabis as a therapeuti[...]

Dec 31, 2015

Minnesota extends insurance coverage for thousands dropped

The state of Minnesota is extending coverage into the new year for about 64,000 people who were told they would be dropped from public health insurance, mainly for failing to submit necessary paperwork.

Dec 4, 2015

Appeals court won’t disband home-care union

A federal appeals court panel declined Thursday to overturn a new union for thousands of Minnesota personal care attendants who assist the disabled and elderly in home-based settings.

Nov 20, 2015

Hospitals feel pain as UnitedHealth eyes Obamacare exit

The possible departure of insurance leader UnitedHealth Group Inc. from Obamacare signals worsening prospects for hospitals already facing a slowdown in gains from the program. UnitedHealth said Thursday it expects to lose as much as $500 million next year selling coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The company has scaled back marketing efforts for individual ACA insu[...]

Nov 18, 2015

MNsure selects internal candidate to lead insurance exchange

MNsure tapped its interim leader Wednesday to run the health insurance exchange permanently even though she didn’t apply for the job.

Nov 6, 2015

Health plans’ contract data still under wraps

Open-government advocates and state-budget watchdogs argue at least some data in health plans’ contracts should be considered public data.

Nov 4, 2015

Shift of residents on public health plans underway

State health officials are in the midst of a massive transition of residents on public health programs, shifting hundreds of thousands of low-income people to new coverage plans as the state aims to book millions of dollars in savings. The unprecedented effort is a byproduct of a competitive bid for companies to cover MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance enrollees — the first statewide offer [...]

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