Elizabeth Stawicki Feature Archive

The former head of a health care software company will lead a powerful board that is playing a major role in shaping the state's new online health insurance marketplace, MNSURE. (05/19/2013)
A computer glitch at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has forced the postponement of a state deadline today connected to Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace, called MNsure. (05/17/2013)
Organizations representing small business have been among the sharpest critics of the federal health care overhaul. But the opposition is not universal. Some small business owners in Minnesota hope they'll find new health insurance options thanks to the law and MNSURE, the new state new online insurance marketplace it created. (05/13/2013)
DHS said the federal government will raise its matching grants from 50 percent to 75 percent for certain related costs starting in October. (05/05/2013)
Minnesota's largest health plan will delay the start of controversial payment system for hospitals until Jan. 1. (05/01/2013)
If your medical records aren't in electronic form, they will be soon. Hospitals and clinics are replacing paper files with sophisticated electronic health records. But with a variety of systems in use, they often cannot share information with each other -- and that can be a serious problem in an emergency. Smart phones are starting to bridge that electronic gap. (05/01/2013)
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is accused of slashing payments to hospitals by the Minnesota Hospital Association. (04/24/2013)
For some people, big changes under the federal health care law cannot come soon enough. The law takes full effect in January, and before then many people will enter health insurance limbo as they lose coverage, including some who will age out of their parents' plans. The precise number of those losing their insurance is unclear, but researchers indicate it could be in the hundreds of thousands nationwide. (04/15/2013)
A former manager of prosthetics at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing artificial limbs from the hospital and then selling them on eBay. (04/11/2013)
University of Minnesota researchers say nearly 240,000 fewer Minnesotans got their health insurance through an employer in 2011 compared to 2000. (04/11/2013)
Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services says it will focus on finding a permanent CEO now that rural health care giant Sanford has pulled out of merger talks. Sanford announced Wednesday it felt "unwelcome" and was cutting off discussions of a potential partnership with Fairview. At the same time, Fairview moved away from a merger with the University of Minnesota. (04/11/2013)
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is raising concerns over the University of Minnesota's plan to acquire Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services, which is also in merger talks with rural health care giant Sanford Health. (04/08/2013)
Representatives from three health care organizations are expected to testify Sunday afternoon at the state Capitol about potential mergers. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is also inviting the public to weigh in at the hearing, which starts at 1:30 p.m. (04/07/2013)
Merger talks are swirling around Minneapolis-based Fairview Health Services and Sanford Health of North and South Dakota. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson wants the public to weigh in on the situation at a hearing on Sunday at the Capitol. (04/05/2013)
The University of Minnesota is proposing to acquire its partner, Fairview Health Services. Officials from both are slated to meet Monday to discuss the offer. (04/04/2013)