• Health insurance exchange, MinnesotaCare, Medicaid decisions due at Legislature
    State lawmakers are under a tight deadline as they tackle a number of issues related to the federal health care overhaul, including passing legislation to set up a health insurance exchange, the fate of MinnesotaCare and an expansion of Medicaid.January 8, 2013
  • Unusual respite from surging health care costs
    Americans kept health care spending in check for three years in a row, the government reported Monday, an unusual respite that could linger if the economy stays soft or fade like a mirage if job growth comes roaring back.January 8, 2013
  • Red states, too, get health care nod from Obama
    Injecting a rare shot of bipartisanship in the nation's contentious health care overhaul, the Obama administration cleared four Republican-led states to build their own consumer-friendly insurance markets.January 4, 2013
  • R.T. Rybak: What's next for the Minneapolis mayor?
    Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak has formed a political action committee that will allow him to raise money and donate it to candidates for state office in Minnesota. Will he seek a fourth term as mayor?December 19, 2012
  • Dayton plan could expand sales tax
    The major tax overhaul that Minnesota lawmakers are expected to consider next year could include some significant changes in the state sales tax. Extending the sales tax to clothing remains an unpopular and unlikely option, but many other transactions could be taxed for the first time as a way to boost state revenues.December 19, 2012
  • Trial begins in Mpls. firefighter's lawsuit
    Testimony in a workplace retaliation lawsuit involving the Minneapolis Fire Department began today in U.S. District Court.December 18, 2012
  • Time for states to decide on health care exchanges
    Friday is decision day for states to notify Washington if they will set up their own insurance exchanges under the federal health care law.December 14, 2012
  • New MNDOT commissioner Zelle talks priorities
    The CEO of a Minneapolis-based bus company will become the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation in January. He talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about his transportation priorities.December 13, 2012
  • Consultant: public trust is key to success of health exchange
    A communications consultant told a state panel today that building public trust will be key to the success of a new health insurance exchange.December 11, 2012
  • MinnesotaCare shift to vouchers off to slow start
    The Healthy Minnesota Contribution Program was supposed to shift 4,200 people from the MinnesotaCare program to a voucher system. But the program itself is having a hard time getting off the ground.December 11, 2012
  • Feds rule on health care law's Medicaid expansion
    States must commit to fully expanding their Medicaid programs to take advantage of generous funding in the federal health care law, the Obama administration said Monday.December 10, 2012
  • Trade-offs in raising Medicare eligibility age
    Americans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of any deal to reduce the government's huge deficits.December 7, 2012
  • State review finds HMO finances are 'generally sound' but report raises questions
    A state review finds Minnesota HMOs providing services to public programs such as Medicaid and MinnesotaCare have generally sound financial practices. But the report did raise concerns about the plans' charitable donations and other uses of public dollars.December 7, 2012
  • Lawsuit: Minn. erred in paying for abortions
    A recent lawsuit says the Minnesota state government wrongly paid for thousands of abortions for low income women.November 28, 2012
  • Report: health law a good deal for states
    A new report says states can receive more than $9 in federal money for every dollar they spend to cover low-income residents under President Barack Obama's health care law.November 26, 2012

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