Elizabeth Stawicki Feature Archive

Minnesota's Attorney General Lori Swanson has asked a federal judge to allow her case against Fairview Health System's former debt collector, Accretive, to move forward. (07/12/2012)
There's a lot of jockeying for position in the health care market as medical centers prepare to implement the provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act. (07/10/2012)
Fairview Health Service's former debt collector, Accretive Health on Monday asked a federal judge to dismiss Attorney General Lori Swanson's complaint against the company. (07/02/2012)
The Supreme Court's decision to uphold the individual mandate requiring Americans to have health insurance or pay a penalty has angered some people and frightened others. (06/29/2012)
Today's ruling by the Supreme Court on the Affordable Care Act is only a way station in the law's history. The decision provides certainty that federal health care passes constitutional muster, but it remains to be seen whether it passes muster with the voters and their officials following the election. (06/28/2012)
The ruling is a relief for the 9 percent of Minnesotans who are uninsured. That's low compared to other states, but the uninsured still make up nearly a half million people here who will now have expanded access to coverage. (06/28/2012)
Minnesota DFL U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he'll introduce legislation Wednesday to toughen laws related to patient privacy and debt collection practices. (06/27/2012)
The U.S. Department of Treasury released proposed regulations Monday that would ban debt collection activities in the emergency rooms of non-profit hospitals. (06/25/2012)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson added new allegations of wrongdoing by hospital debt collector Accretive Health Tuesday. (06/19/2012)
A statewide survey finds professional business service firms see reasons for optimism about the economy during the next year. (06/17/2012)
A statewide survey finds optimism for the economy in the coming year among professional business service firms such as engineers, accountants, and consultants. (06/16/2012)
Two Minnesota-based health care organizations have won federal innovation grants Friday totaling more than $30 million under the health care law. (06/15/2012)
Watson, IBM's artificial intelligence supercomputer, could help doctors wade through loads of research data and apply that knowledge to treating patients. (06/13/2012)
Minnesota will receive $700,000 as part of a settlement with Aflac insurance. Aflac bills itself as the number one provider of supplemental health insurance in the U.S. (06/06/2012)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is accusing North Memorial, a Twin Cities health care provider, and embattled debt collector Accretive Health of apparently operating without legally required patient privacy protections. (05/31/2012)