Mark Zdechlik Feature Archive

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. (05/04/2015)
Allison O'Toole, the agency's deputy director of external affairs, will take over as interim head of MNsure, officials said Monday. (05/04/2015)
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. (04/22/2015)
Uninsured Minnesotans who are discovering they owe a penalty for not having health insurance can reduce penalties for 2015 by enrolling before April 15. (04/11/2015)
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. (04/03/2015)
Minnesotans with private health insurance got higher quality health care than those on public assistance last year, according to a report. (03/26/2015)
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)