Elizabeth Stawicki Feature Archive

The number of people who are in the final stages of applying for health insurance through the state's new online insurance marketplace, has more than doubled since the beginning of November according to figures released today by MNsure. (12/04/2013)
As Minnesota's online health insurance marketplace wraps up its second month in operations, MNsure officials said Monday that they hope to send crucial enrollment data to insurers this week. (11/25/2013)
The hospitals are penalized or rewarded based on a small fraction of their Medicare payment reimbursement. (11/15/2013)
The health plans offered on Minnesota's online insurance marketplace have the highest deductibles of those in 15 states, according to a new study. (11/13/2013)
Higher-than-expected wait times at the MNsure call center have prompted the new insurance marketplace to hire extra employees. (11/13/2013)
A recent study finds 90,000 Minnesotans are eligible for tax credits if they buy health insurance through MNsure. But being eligible for a credit doesn't mean consumers will definitely receive a credit. (11/12/2013)
Nearly 11,000 people have signed up for health coverage through the online health insurance marketplace since it opened Oct. 1, MNsure officials said today. (11/06/2013)
At least 146,000 policy holders in Minnesota have received letters saying their plan will no longer be available, but they can enroll in a new -- and typically more expensive -- plan their insurer offers. (10/31/2013)
Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace, MNsure has been open for four weeks. But efforts to inform hard-to-reach populations about how they can sign up for heath care coverage are only now getting underway. (10/29/2013)
Minnesota's new online insurance marketplace has received $41 million in additional federal funds to fund operations through next year. (10/24/2013)
Attorney General Lori Swanson wrote to the head of the centers for Medicare and Medicaid alleging a pattern of wrongdoing by Humana, including denying payment for medical services it's required to cover and not complying with an appeals process. (10/18/2013)
Elana Gravitz, Program Manager at Hennepin County Human Services Department sums up how many community organizations view MNsure, with a quick assessment: "Sometimes it works," she said. "Sometimes it doesn't work." (10/15/2013)
Callers to the help center for the state's new online insurance marketplace are waiting on hold for an average nine minutes, longer than originally projected, MNsure officials said today. (10/10/2013)
MNsure officials say roughly 8,000 accounts have been created on the state's new health insurance marketplace as of Wednesday afternoon, but they will not disclose until next week how many consumers have actually enrolled in a health plan. (10/09/2013)
Days after Minnesota's online insurance marketplace had a less-than trouble-free launch, MNsure officials are betting that consumers will have a smoother experience this week. But the site is not in the clear yet. (10/07/2013)