Elizabeth Stawicki Feature Archive

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)
Gov. Mark Dayton is shifting responsibility for developing a key part of the federal health care law -- an insurance exchange -- from the Department of Commerce to Minnesota Management and Budget. (09/18/2012)
Minnesota's largest health plans enjoyed healthy profits for the third year in a row, despite returning more than $100 million to the Medicaid program. (09/07/2012)
Officials representing Minnesota health insurance agents and brokers are worried state officials are implementing the health reform law in ways that will hurt their business. (09/04/2012)
The CEOs for HealthPartners and Park Nicollet say their proposed merger will mean better quality health care for patients at more affordable cost. (08/31/2012)
The Dayton administration has asked the federal government for another $42.5 million to build Minnesota's insurance exchange, a key part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. (08/23/2012)
At least two dozen Minnesota hospitals will have to forfeit a small fraction of their Medicare funding because patients had to be readmitted soon after discharge. (08/10/2012)
Minnesota is the first state in the nation to receive federal approval for a new way of paying for health care in its Medicaid program. (08/09/2012)
An experimental partnership between two Twin Cities rivals appears to be holding down health care costs. (08/07/2012)
The Minnesota Attorney General's office says officials are still investigating North Memorial Hospital despite Monday's settlement announcement with bill collector Accretive Health. (07/31/2012)
Fairview Health Service's former bill collector, Accretive Health, has agreed to pay a $2.5 million fine and leave the state to settle a federal lawsuit brought by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson. (07/31/2012)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson today announced a $2.5 million settlement under which Chicago-based bill collector Accretive Health has agreed to stop operations in the state. (07/30/2012)