The mandate that businesses offer health insurance is a particular problem for retail, hospitality and restaurant firms because they traditionally haven't extended benefits to all their hourly workers; doing so will cost them a lot of money.
Aimed at helping people who have been turned away by insurers for pre-existing conditions, the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, a program has been a lifeline for some. But all that will change starting next year.
People buying health insurance through MNsure, the state's new exchange, will also be able to purchase dental coverage. Of the nine insurers which have sought approval to sell health plans on MNsure, three have submitted dental-only insurance policies.
The expansion of Medicaid to more than 151,000 newly eligible residents is happening at the same time that the state is overhauling its computer systems. To better manage it all, most counties are also in the midst of a hiring frenzy.
One of the state's largest employers is proposing to scale back its employee health care coverage to avoid a massive tax penalty under the new health care law.
People interested in buying health insurance through the state's new online marketplace, MNsure, may get an early look at premium rates, according to a Minnesota Department of Commerce official.
No state is set to embrace the Affordable Care Act as thoroughly as Minnesota, the only one that will implement the "big three" components of health insurance expansion. Minnesota will expand Medicaid, develop an online insurance marketplace, and offer a Basic Health Program. It's the third component that really sets Minnesota apart.
If you're wondering how much you might have to pay for a health plan sold on MNsure, Minnesota's health insurance exchange, you're going to have to wait.
Using volunteers nationwide who worked to elect Obama in 2008 and 2012, Organizing for Action is aimed at advancing the president's agenda in Washington. Minnesota is one of 19 states where a paid coordinator is working with volunteers.
From her involvement with the Stillwater school board to her failed run for president, Michele Bachmann has earned a reputation as a strong spokeswoman for conservative causes but also leaves behind a with a weak legislative record.
This year's legislative session may be over, but that doesn't mean you'll be hearing less from state lawmakers.
Three provisions have been dropped from a campaign finance bill that would have required some political groups to say more about where their money is coming from and how it is being spent.
On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted for the 37th time to undo the new healthcare law - a bill sponsored by Sixth Congressional District Rep. Michele Bachmann. But the vote was largely symbolic; the Senate has no plans to pass the bill.
Despite the DFL's new majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate, and the defeat of the marriage amendment in 2012, few people thought the Legislature would move this quickly to turn around and make same-sex marriage legal. Looking behind the scenes at the process, the effort hinged on careful lobbying, polling, timing, and the votes of a few key lawmakers.
Sen. Al Franken is raising concerns about a provision in the Senate immigration bill that would make E-Verify mandatory for all businesses. He said the requirement could be burdensome for small businesses. Although E-Verify is good at detecting the use of fake identification, research says it's not very good at detecting unauthorized workers who are using stolen or fraudulent documents.