A Minnesota Department of Health study found that about two-thirds of ER visits possibly could have been avoided if patients had better access to preventative care or better-coordinated care.
A vote Tuesday authorized the Service Employees International Union to represent nearly 350 nursing assistants and other employees.
State Reps. Matt Dean and Greg Davids renewed calls to dismantle the state's online health insurance website and send Minnesotans to the federal health insurance exchange.
The 60,000 people comprise about one third of a backlog of Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare renewals the department is processing.
MNsure officials say technical glitches that prevented billing for 24,000 MinnesotaCare policies have finally been resolved. But some Minnesotans worry big bills will be coming soon.
Timely attention to ongoing illness reduces overall health care costs and should be encouraged not discouraged, said Allina Health CEO Penny Wheeler.
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Supporters of the Affordable Care Act in Minnesota celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that nationwide subsidies are legal. But Minnesota has found it difficult to make the law work.
Since Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies have gained new customers. They now want to leverage their fortunes to lock in future revenue, experts say.
Across the country, employers increasingly are giving workers a choice of health plans, an effort that aims to help keep rising health care costs from spiraling out of control.
"This is not a safe product for kids," State Health Commissioner Dr. Ed Ehlinger said of liquid nicotine used in electronic cigarettes. It's a "toxic chemical."
When insurers set prices for health plans, they guessed how sick people would be. The companies say more than a year of experience shows that people used more care than expected.
Eight health insurance companies in Minnesota are proposing double-digit increases in average premiums. The proposals are drawing fire from Republicans and Democrats.
Mid-May to mid-July is the highest risk period to contract Lyme disease and other infections from ticks.
MNsure seemed headed for big changes and possibly closure when the Legislature opened in January. Now, it appears MNsure won't change much.
Although the spread of avian flu in Minnesota appears to be slowing, worries abound in the state's hardest-hit area about how the virus will affect farmers and the economy.