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May 1, 2014

The Capitol Note: Dayton calls for unity in address to Minnesotans

In the final State of the State address of his first term, Gov. Mark Dayton called on lawmakers to come together despite differing political philosophies.

Apr 11, 2014

MNsure: Anatomy of a breakdown

Departed Executive Director April Todd-Malmlov talks in detail for the first time about the troubled insurance exchange's launch -- and the behind-the-scenes scramble to make it work.

Apr 2, 2014

The Capitol Note: House bonding bill supports higher ed, short on Capitol

Rep. Alice Hausman, DFL-St. Paul, proposed $850 million in capital investment projects that include $370 million for higher ed, investments in public safety and infrastructure and roughly $150 million for local projects.

Apr 1, 2014

MNsure enrolls 170,000 Minnesotans as insurance deadline passes

MNsure interim CEO Scott Leitz declared that Minnesota’s health insurance exchange – which faced a rocky start back in October, underwent a tumultuous leadership change in December and haltingly overcame immense technical issues in the last few months – had “turned a corner.”

Apr 1, 2014

The Capitol Note: House and Senate poised to move on supplemental budget

The most important spending to many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, a 5 percent pay hike for home and community-based services workers, will cost a projected $91 million.

Mar 26, 2014

Republicans argue MNsure hasn’t really reached enrollment goal

Private enrollments hang at 41,273 as of March 25, while medical assistance enrollments have topped 75,000.

Feb 13, 2014

The Capitol Note: MNsure budget questioned as enrollment lags

1) In the final State of the State address of his first term, Gov. Mark Dayton called on lawmakers to come together despite differing political philosophies, the Star Tribune reports. Dayton ran through a list of accomplishments under his first term — gay marriage, expanded health insurance access, a minimum wage hike and anti-school bullying proposals, to ...

Jan 23, 2014

The Capitol Note: MNsure expects increased interest as March deadline approaches

Leitz told board members the next two months would be a critical period for MNsure.

Jan 23, 2014

Consultants say MNsure failures will lead to enrollment shortfall

The Optum review lays out different options for MNsure's approach to solving its website difficulties.

Jan 10, 2014

‘The year of MNsure’ for legislative auditor

All eyes in the political scene have turned to the state health insurance exchange, it seems, and most are casting either a skeptical glance or a withering glare in the direction of MNsure. Earlier this week, the exchange began its own “end-to-end” review of its work process, while simultaneously holding a first meeting with Office of theLegislative Auditor (OLA) head Jim Nobles.

Jan 10, 2014

The Capitol Note: Nobles calls 2014 “the year of MNsure” for legislative auditor’s office

Nobles' statement was greeted as welcome news for lawmakers from both parties during the meeting of the MNsure Legislative Oversight Committee.

Jan 9, 2014

The Capitol Note: MNsure board talks about new figures and hiring a permanent leader

The board also discussed its thinking about hiring a full-time, permanent replacement for April Todd-Malmlov.

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