Congress is considering lifting restrictions on flexible spending accounts and allowing employees to set aside pre-tax earnings to pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses.
Clinics in Minnesota and nationwide are impatient for revisions of key regulations in the health care overhaul.
Federal rules for insurers aim to help consumers avoid the guesswork of choosing the best health insurance plan.
Some out-of-state health plans sold through online exchanges could escape consumer protection laws in Minnesota and other states, says a trade group that represents Minnesota health insurance plans.
The Minnesota health department will get more than $950,000 in federal grants to prevent disease outbreaks and healthcare-related infections.
Minnesota is getting $4.2 million to develop a health insurance exchange, a major feature of the federal health care overhaul.
A physician group practice in St. Louis Park says it can improve patient care while lowering health care costs.
A program at the University of Minnesota is one of several organizations nationwide that can provide states with technical assistance. And now a major foundation has agreed provide funding so states can have access to that expertise.
Minnesota's Hospital Association said the state's larger hospitals and medical systems could lose millions of dollars through some call a loophole in the federal health care law.
Fourteen groups have submitted proposals to build up the state's health insurance exchange.
Local groups are responding to the announcement that insurers by 2013 must fully cover the full cost of birth control and other prevention services for women.
The federal health care law is encouraging private groups to form insurance co-operatives by making available $3.8 billion in start-up loans.
Grant to Minnesota schools will enhance nursing programs.
A panel of experts recommends that health plans fully cover birth control and other services to women under the federal health care law.
A key part of the federal health law encourages providers to band together to share information, streamline patient care, and eliminate waste. But interest groups are currently fighting over rules designed to keep these groups from getting too big and powerful.