Elizabeth Stawicki Feature Archive

A coalition of advocacy organizations has launched a new website to help Minnesotans understand how the federal health care law may affect them personally. (04/02/2013)
Workers at small businesses that buy health insurance on MNSURE -- Minnesota's new online marketplace -- will have access to features that will be delayed in many other states. (04/02/2013)
Health care spending per person rose 5 percent in Minnesota last year, reports the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, the trade group representing the state's health insurers. (04/01/2013)
The Minnesota Medical Association, the state's largest doctor group, has received a $50,000 grant to educate physicians and patients about overused medical tests and procedures. (03/30/2013)
The legislative auditor has found that Minnesota's Department of Human Services did not adequately verify eligibility of participants in some of its public assistance programs. (03/26/2013)
A University of Minnesota study says 1 out of every 10 low-income people living in the state will still lack access to government health care coverage, despite the Medicaid expansion under the federal health care law. (03/24/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law the contentious health insurance exchange bill that was approved by the House and Senate. The legislation creates a new online marketplace where more than one million Minnesotans will obtain health insurance starting in October. But that's only the beginning of the exchange story. Here are several next steps to watch for as the health exchange takes shape. (03/20/2013)
Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday signed into law historic and controversial legislation enacting the centerpiece of President Obama's health care overhaul. Starting in October, more than a million Minnesotans, including 300,000 who are uninsured, will be able to take advantage of a new marketplace for health insurance. (03/20/2013)
The bill establishing Minnesota's highly controversial health insurance exchange is about to become law. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Elizabeth Stawicki, who's has been covering the long-running debate in Minnesota over the exchange as well as the health care overhaul. (03/19/2013)
The Minnesota Senate has passed a health exchange bill on a party-line vote; 39 Democrats voted for the bill and 28 Republicans voted against. Following Gov. Mark Dayton's signature of the bill, Minnesota will become one of at least 17 states that develop and run their own exchanges. (03/18/2013)
The Minnesota Senate is expected to vote on a revised health insurance exchange bill on Monday in what could be the last stop for the bill before the governor's desk. (03/17/2013)
Landmark health insurance legislation is on its way to the Minnesota Senate after the House on Wednesday night approved a bill enacting a Minnesota health insurance exchange, a cornerstone of the federal Affordable Care act health care law. (03/15/2013)
Legislation to enact a centerpiece of the federal health care overhaul is getting a bumpy ride in the Minnesota House. (03/14/2013)
Abortion restrictions have been cut from a final version of the health insurance exchange bill set for a full House vote on Thursday. The legislation will impact how more than a million Minnesotans obtain health coverage, starting in October. (03/14/2013)
A group representing psychiatrists in New York state is suing Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group for violating laws requiring parity in mental health coverage. (03/11/2013)