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Budget office idea gaining steam

The key financial committee leaders in both houses of the Legislature are withholding judgment for now, but their caucus leaders are striding forward with companion bills to remove the fiscal note process from MMB.

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Health care exchange bill clears first committee hurdle

Legislation that would establish a marketplace where insurance for 1.3 million state residents is expected to be purchased cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday. The health care exchange bill passed out of the Senate Committee on State and Local Government on a 7-5 party-line vote.

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David Feinwachs loses appeal in lawsuit against health plans

The Minnesota Court of Appeals has rejected David Feinwachs' appeal of a lawsuit alleging that the Minnesota Council of Health Plans conspired to get him fired as general counsel of the Minnesota Hospital Association. The ruling by a three-judge panel, released on Monday, upholds a decision by a lower court in December dismissing Feinwachs' complaint.

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One budget target emerges: HMOs

Since the beginning of February, at least 11 bills have been introduced with the purpose of providing greater accountability or reducing payments to the state's health maintenance organizations. Currently, the state's nonprofit health plans receive roughly $3 billion annually to provide coverage to more than 500,000 of the state's poorest residents.

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HMO critic Feinwachs sues health plans for defamation

Dave Feinwachs, former general counsel for the Minnesota Hospital Association, has filed a defamation lawsuit in Ramsey County District Court against the Minnesota Council of Health Plans. The suit alleges that the nonprofit health plans waged a campaign to discredit him in retaliation for his criticism of their business practices.

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