Elizabeth Stawicki Feature Archive

Regions Hospital in St. Paul has opened a new $36 million mental health center designed to improve care for patients and their families. (12/07/2012)
A state review finds Minnesota HMOs providing services to public programs such as Medicaid and MinnesotaCare have generally sound financial practices. But the report did raise concerns about the plans' charitable donations and other uses of public dollars. (12/07/2012)
The federal health care overhaul is here to stay after surviving an epic legal battle at the United States Supreme Court and the contentious 2012 elections. But that does not mean the massive law will remain intact, as enacted. Congress may be tempted to raid some of the Affordable Care Act's funding as part of a deal to avert the collection of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts known as the "fiscal cliff." (12/04/2012)
A state health insurance exchange will cost $54 million in 2015 to operate, says the Dayton administration. (11/16/2012)
The Dayton administration official overseeing the development of Minnesota's health insurance exchange expects plenty of disagreements to come, regardless of the change in power at the Capitol. (11/09/2012)
A Democratic Legislature, along with Gov. Mark Dayton who solidly supports the president's health care overhaul, likely clears roadblocks to completing a cornerstone of the law, a state insurance marketplace called an exchange. (11/08/2012)
The federal health care overhaul aims to drastically reduce the number of Americans who don't have insurance. But as Minnesota officials gear up to promote the importance of health insurance, market research indicates even subsidized health plans will be a tough sell with some people. (11/06/2012)
An annual study of health care quality suggests a new payment system under the federal health care overhaul is improving care for seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. (10/30/2012)
The Dayton administration will seek between $60 million and $80 million more in federal grants to fund a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul — a state insurance exchange. (10/23/2012)
The state-based online insurance marketplaces are a cornerstone of the federal health care overhaul. State officials are trying to figure out how to come up with the money. (10/10/2012)
The federal health care overhaul will inject some financial uncertainty into the budget of Hennepin County Medical Center and other so-called, "safety net" hospitals. (10/09/2012)
Minnesota and other states are developing health exchanges: an online, one-stop shop for consumers to compare competing health plans. The law provides for assistance from humans as well, but there is a big debate about who should provide that help. (10/01/2012)
A new study says Minnesota has a higher percentage of residents with a high health care cost burden than the national average. (09/25/2012)
A federal audit found Duluth-based Essentia Health received more than $865,000 in Medicare overpayments. (09/25/2012)
Gov. Mark Dayton is changing leadership of the administration's work on the state's health insurance exchange, shifting oversight away from the Department of Commerce after questions of conflict of interest and lack of transparency. (09/18/2012)