Elizabeth Stawicki Feature Archive

The Dayton administration wants to use funds available under the federal health care law to help pay for MinnesotaCare. (01/15/2013)
Some members of a task force considering a state health insurance exchange have voiced concerns last week about the governance structure proposed in bipartisan legislation. (01/13/2013)
The state Commerce Department says the majority of Minnesotans who buy individual health insurance plans will pay the same or smaller premiums on the state insurance exchange in 2016. But some insurers question the figures. (01/11/2013)
DFL and Republican lawmakers wasted no time this week in unveiling a bill to establish a state health insurance exchange. Federal and state deadlines give legislators barely 10 weeks to get the bill through 14 House and Senate committees. (01/10/2013)
State lawmakers unveiled a bill Wednesday to create an insurance exchange in Minnesota. (01/09/2013)
A report by UnitedHealth Group said the U.S. could reduce spending on Medicare and Medicaid by doing a better job of coordinating patient care, particularly for those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes. (01/09/2013)
State lawmakers are under a tight deadline as they tackle a number of issues related to the federal health care overhaul, including passing legislation to set up a health insurance exchange, the fate of MinnesotaCare and an expansion of Medicaid. (01/08/2013)
Minnesota's largest doctor group says it is time to raise the state's tax on tobacco products. (12/24/2012)
The state health department is seeking public feedback on a Web-based tool that will help consumers compare hospitals, clinics and outpatient surgery centers for quality. (12/22/2012)
Some Minnesota hospitals will receive slightly less Medicare money while others will get bonuses, under provisions of the federal health care overhaul. (12/21/2012)
Health insurers are under tight deadlines to bring out new plans under the federal health care overhaul. The government released its proposed regulations spelling out what the plans have to cover only last month. But those rules aren't final yet. Insurers say they're scrambling to develop the new products in a matter of months when the process would normally take at least a year. (12/20/2012)
The state's largest commercial health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, has named a new CEO: Michael Guyette. (12/17/2012)
States must submit their plans to the federal government Friday for a key part of the federal health care law -- the insurance exchanges. But Minnesota is already ahead of the game. (12/14/2012)
Two Minnesota giants in medical rehabilitation are merging -- Courage Center in Golden Valley and Allina's Sister Kenny Institute, based in Minneapolis. (12/14/2012)
A communications consultant told a state panel today that building public trust will be key to the success of a new health insurance exchange. (12/11/2012)