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.
The taxpayer-owned Virginia Regional Medical Center was struggling financially when Essentia Health took over the operation. Even skeptics say Essentia's made things better, though concerns remain.
Allison O'Toole, the agency's deputy director of external affairs, will take over as interim head of MNsure, officials said Monday.
The decisions follow the problem-plagued rollout of MNsure, the agency that runs the state's online health insurance marketplace, in 2013 and legislative proposals to eliminate the agency's board.
Uninsured Minnesotans who are discovering they owe a penalty for not having health insurance can reduce penalties for 2015 by enrolling before April 15.
Minnesota officials say thousands of health care providers are violating the state's new electronic health records rules. Some providers, though, worry about the security and cost of digital records.
Minnesotans with private health insurance got higher quality health care than those on public assistance last year, according to a report.