Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

Minnesota's Legislative Auditor says the state Human Services Department continues to struggle managing eligibility requirements for several public assistance programs. (03/24/2015)
Paid sick and family leave brings important benefits, but they are not equally available to different ethnic groups. (03/13/2015)
Citing lower numbers of enrollees in private health plans than anticipated, MNsure officials will cut administrative and spending. No jobs will be cut but some positions will remain unfilled. (03/12/2015)
Minnesota's online insurance marketplace extended the enrollment period until April 30. That gives anyone penalized for lacking health insurance last year a chance to avoid another one. (03/12/2015)
Union negotiators for 3,500 Twin Cities area hospital workers say they're reached a tentative contract agreement covering eight medical centers. (03/03/2015)
MNsure board members are debating whether making the exchange a state agency would make it more transparent and accountable. (02/26/2015)
Although Anthem doesn't sell insurance directly to Minnesotans, it does administer some employer-sponsored plans in the state. (02/24/2015)
MNsure had said it would distribute some 35,000 1095 federal tax forms, detaling insurance tax subsidies, by early February, because customers need the forms to complete their 2014 income taxes. (02/24/2015)
The rising tide of high health insurance deductibles in Minnesota and across the nation has sparked concern that millions of people have health insurance they cannot afford to use. (02/10/2015)
Many employers and insurers offer health screenings, gym discounts and other incentives to keep employees healthy. But critics question their use and say the real costs are hidden. (02/03/2015)
Gov. Mark Dayton's new budget calls for more Department of Human Services funding to help DHS cover its share of MNsure's expenses. (01/28/2015)
Twin Cities-based Medtronic is expected to officially become an Irish enterprise on Monday. (01/26/2015)
The Bloomington City Council is set to vote Monday on a proposed one-year moratorium barring medical marijuana production and sales facilities in the city. (01/25/2015)
The distinction of the state's highest smoking rate now belongs to adults ages 25 to 44 years old, with 19 percent smoking, according to the Minnesota Health Department. (01/22/2015)
File early, file electronically, says state revenue commissioner. (01/19/2015)