Catharine Richert Feature Archive

When experts try to explain why rates are lower in the state they point to the fact that Minnesotans are healthier, the state's health care system is better and more people are insured. (09/27/2013)
A data security breach at the state's new online insurance marketplace has prompted two members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation to write a bill designed to prevent confidential information from being leaked again. (09/19/2013)
Groups chosen for federal grants to to help enroll people in MNsure are feeling pressure due to delays in accessing the funds. The compressed timeline, one group president says, is "disrespectful" to the organizations that will do much of the work helping more than 1 million Minnesotans get health insurance through the exchange. (09/19/2013)
The announcement Tuesday follows complaints from community leaders that no organizations primarily serving African Americans received state funding to provide assistance. (09/10/2013)
Reporter Catharine Richert, who writes MPR News' fact checking Poligraph series, breaks down the most persistent myths concerning the Affordable Care Act. (09/09/2013)
Over the course of the next few months, as most of the final pieces of the Affordable Care Act are implemented, supporters of Obama's single largest domestic achievement will be making an aggressive push to drum up support for the law and educate the public about what they see as its benefits. (09/09/2013)
Minnesota consumers will be able to buy a health plan for as little as $90.59 per month on MNsure, the new state health insurance marketplace. (09/06/2013)
This year, the State of Minnesota will tax certain employer benefits such as tuition assistance and adoption subsidies. (09/05/2013)
The State of Minnesota is moving ahead with a plan to wind down the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, a program that helped people with pre-existing conditions get insurance. Participants will be encouraged to find coverage either through MNsure, the state's online insurance market, or on the individual market through a broker. (09/03/2013)
Despite looming changes to the nation's health care system, many of the state's top employers say they will continue offering coverage to their workers. (08/31/2013)
A State Fair billboard paid for by the Citizens' Council for Health Freedom, a group that opposes the federal health care law, asks "Why can't I choose my own doctor?" But buying a plan through MNsure will not prevent you from choosing your own doctor. (08/23/2013)
MNsure, a huge Internet technology undertaking that is being built in a very short timeframe, is bound to experience bumps in the road, insurance company officials say. With that in mind, the companies are trying to anticipate potential problems with the online marketplace. (08/22/2013)
One of Minnesota's leading health insurers has launched a campaign to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act. (08/21/2013)
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. (08/16/2013)
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. (08/07/2013)