This year, the State of Minnesota will tax certain employer benefits such as tuition assistance and adoption subsidies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of Minnesota's leading health insurers has launched a campaign to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act.
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.