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Oct 7, 2016

Capitol Retort: MNsure emergency, Trump’s advice, bye-bye bees

Fresh perspectives on recent news events from Jeff Kolb, Sarah Janecek and Abou Amara.

Nov 19, 2013

Dayton backs insurers on discontinued plans

Sen. Michele Benson, R-Ham Lake, said Dayton had "made a promise he couldn't keep," and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt called the decision "disrespectful."

Oct 30, 2013

MNsure to offer new insurance plans in southeastern Minnesota

The lack of plans available was thought to be caused by the relatively expensive cost of health care in that region.

Sep 6, 2013

MNsure reveals costs of health insurance plans

Minnesota's health insurance exchange will offer more than 100 insurance products with a starting prices as low as $91 per month when it opens for business on Oct. 1, state officials announced on Friday.

Aug 7, 2013

Politicos, as ever, flock to Farmfest

In the flurry of activity that closed out the 2013 legislative session, a sales tax on farm machinery repairs became part of the omnibus tax bill ultimately signed into law. Now that the tax is on the books and farmers are facing levies on the labor costs of having their tractors and milking parlors fixed, it’s no surprise that the 11th-hour development at the Capitol is one of the hot topics at[...]

Feb 15, 2013

State’s unclaimed property cache grows

The state of Minnesota has a potential pool of revenue at its disposal that many lawmakers may not know about. Over the last decade, the value of assets held by the state as unclaimed personal property has more than tripled.

Jan 9, 2013

Legislators introduce bill establishing health insurance exchange

A bipartisan group of legislators unveiled a bill on Wednesday to create a state-administered marketplace where individuals and corporations will be able to purchase health insurance. Minnesota must enact such legislation by the end of March in order to be in compliance with the federal Affordable Care Act, which will be fully implemented in 2014.

Sep 21, 2012

Lobbying pressures force exchange move

For casual observers outside Minnesota health care policy circles, the health insurance exchange that’s being pursued under the strictures of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act appeared to be a collaborative process. At least until recently.

Jul 30, 2012

State reaches $2.5 million settlement with Accretive

The state of Minnesota has reached a settlement deal with Accretive Health, Inc., in which the company will pay $2.5 million and not do business in the state for two years.

Jul 11, 2012

Health care battles roll on

Obamacare is here to stay. That is the apparent takeaway from the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that largely upheld the 2010 federal health care overhaul.

Jun 1, 2012

Franken brings hospital debt collection hearing to state Capitol

The uproar over debt collection practices at Fairview Health Services hospitals in the Twin Cities intensified in St. Paul as U.S. Sen. Al Franken convened a field hearing at the state Capitol to listen to patients’ stories of being accosted by employees of Accretive Health Inc

Apr 4, 2012

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman: a full staff and a full plate

Among Rothman’s first efforts was reorganizing the department, bringing the insurance fraud and securities divisions, along with the market assurance division, into the newly formed Enforcement Unit.

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