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Mar 27, 2015

MNsure takes more heat in funding debate

Nearly two-thirds of MNsure’s fiscal year 2016 budget is directed at IT expenses, and just more than half is designated for “acceleration of IT development.”

Mar 18, 2015

House MNsure critics don’t wait for task force findings

Republicans have begun pressing forward with a plan to write MNsure out of the state’s control and shift Minnesota on to the federally based exchange through Healthcare.gov.

Feb 18, 2015

MNsure report: ‘We should’ve done better’

The Office of the Legislative Audito presented its findings in a pair of back-to-back joint committee hearings, telling first the House, then the Senate, where the insurance exchange went wrong.

Feb 11, 2015

Lawmakers quietly introduce abortion legislation

Even after House Republicans' assertion their focus is on economic issues, three bills to change state law on abortion have been entered since the start of February.

Feb 6, 2015

No end to MNsure fight in sight

For years, Republicans in the legislature have not hesitated to criticize the Minnesota offshoot of the Affordable Care Act. Do not expect this to change.

Jan 30, 2015

Long-term care becomes near-term priority

An ambitious bill to change the way the state pays for nursing homes and in-home care got a first hearing in the House this week.

Jan 28, 2015

Contrasting agendas at the State Capitol

The priorities for both parties will have to take into account the two budgetary “whales in the bathtub:” K-12 education and health care.

Jan 21, 2015

Chairmen work on bipartisan fix for long-term care

The heads of two legislative committees pledge to work together on a bill that might mark the first bipartisan step on the path toward a comprehensive budget deal.

Dec 26, 2014

MNsure chief: ‘We’ve made a lot of progress’

MNsure’s second open-enrollment phase — which runs through mid-February — is off to a much smoother start than its first, in late 2013.

Dec 12, 2014

Debating the right prescription for MNsure

The passing of the 2014 campaign season, where Republicans won back control of the House, has brought a temporary cease-fire on many — though not all — of the most vocal calls from both sides.

Sep 24, 2014

AG finds $6B error in Destination Medical Center subsidy

The formula that determines how much state money the project receives requires about $6 billion more in private investments for the project to get the full state match, according to an opinion the Minnesota Attorney General’s office.

Sep 3, 2014

Illinois Medicaid pushes long-acting birth control

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration wants to double down on long-acting birth control methods for the poor.

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