Beginning Jan. 1, Medicare recipients in Minnesota who hit the annual gap in drug coverage known as the "doughnut hole" will be able to buy their name-brand prescription drugs at half price.
The federal health care reform law is designed to encourage people to get colonoscopies and mammograms by removing the financial cost to consumers, but consumers shouldn't assume their screenings will, in fact, be free.
The accounts allow workers to put aside pretax earnings specifically for out-of-pocket heath care expenses, but the federal health care reform law is cutting back on what those accounts will cover and how much workers can put into them.
Several medical and women's groups say women should have access to free birth control, but the Catholic church is fighting the idea.
The Republican takeover of the U.S. House of Representatives means Minnesota U.S. Rep. John Kline will hold a key position in efforts to dismantle the federal health reform law.
Imagine trying to run a business where lives are at stake, costs are rising, and revenues aren't keeping up -- all in the middle of a severe recession.
A tiny hospital in New Prague, Minn., has decided it can no longer operate independently under the new federal health reform law. Queen of Peace hospital is looking to join a larger health system to ensure its survival.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty repeated his opposition Friday to so-called "insurance exchanges," a key piece of health care reform. That's a reversal from 2007, when Pawlenty proposed his own insurance exchange program for Minnesota businesses.
Three Minnesota health care organizations defied Gov. Tim Pawlenty on an issue related to health care reform by releasing a report to the federal government.
3M recently announced it would change its coverage for retirees, but some experts say the number of companies that offered health benefits for retired employees was already falling.
Hennepin County Medical Center will receive nearly $2 million in federal money to expand its residency program for primary care doctors.
Pawlenty may not have the last word on whether Minnesota gets the discretionary grant; he is not open to applying for the federal money, but his successor very well could be.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and Bloomington-based HealthPartners say they haven't gotten the state approval they need to sell individual coverage plans that comply to new federal healthcare regulations.
Leaders of three Minnesota health maintenance organizations agree on one thing: the biggest challenge they face is planning for the law's reforms when the government is still ironing out the details.
One of the changes the federal health reform law calls for programs that increase the collaboration between physicians and patients through what's called, "shared decision-making," and it's already playing out at a clinic in Stillwater.