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  • Insurance brokers look for relevance as health exchanges grow
    When states and the federal government rolled out online marketplaces to help people buy health insurance on Tuesday, you'd think that old-fashioned insurance brokers would have been worried. Many brokers work for small independent businesses. Are they at risk of becoming the next travel agents, whose ranks were thinned by online shopping?October 4, 2013
  • Health exchange rollouts are a milestone for 'Obamacare'
    Roundly criticized by many Republicans, the Affordable Care Act marks a milestone this week as state health insurance marketplaces begin enrollment.September 30, 2013
  • MNsure roll-out a ripe opportunity for scammers
    The roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, a confusing process for many people, is a dream come true for rip-off artists. Consumer advocacy groups and government agencies are urging consumers to keep their private information to themselves to avoid being victimized.September 26, 2013
  • Maybe the Twin Cities are really a city-state
    With a frozen national government, cities are finding ways to address their own problems.The Daily Circuit, September 25, 2013
  • MNsure parts ways with employee in security breach
    An employee of Minnesota's health insurance exchange no longer works there after releasing private information about insurance agents.September 20, 2013
  • Health care costs projected to outpace economic growth
    The nation's health spending will bump up next year as the Affordable Care Act expands insurance coverage to more Americans, and then will grow by an average of 6.2 percent a year over the next decade, according to projections by government actuaries.September 19, 2013
  • MNsure data security breach prompts new bill
    A data security breach at the state's new online insurance marketplace has prompted two members of Minnesota's Congressional delegation to write a bill designed to prevent confidential information from being leaked again.September 19, 2013
  • MNsure client aid organizations feeling squeezed
    Groups chosen for federal grants to to help enroll people in MNsure are feeling pressure due to delays in accessing the funds. The compressed timeline, one group president says, is "disrespectful" to the organizations that will do much of the work helping more than 1 million Minnesotans get health insurance through the exchange.September 19, 2013
  • The prospects for next year's state bonding bill
    Legislators are on the road now, checking out sites that might warrant funds.The Daily Circuit, September 18, 2013
  • Is the term 'Obamacare' ok to use?
    NPR ombudsman: "We are likely to hear and see many more references to 'Obamacare' from NPR, especially as President Barack Obama has planned a major public effort to explain the law and even enlisted former President Bill Clinton to help. In fact, the White House itself uses the term on its website, for example in this explanation of some aspects of the health law ... How most of us understand it depends on what we think of the law, and of the president."September 7, 2013
  • State to end health care insurance safety net program
    The State of Minnesota is moving ahead with a plan to wind down the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association, a program that helped people with pre-existing conditions get insurance. Participants will be encouraged to find coverage either through MNsure, the state's online insurance market, or on the individual market through a broker.September 3, 2013
  • Worker health coverage to continue at Minnesota's top employers
    Despite looming changes to the nation's health care system, many of the state's top employers say they will continue offering coverage to their workers.August 31, 2013
  • Minn. health care costs, cost growth below average
    Minnesota's official health care economist says efforts to put a lid on rising health care costs seem to be paying off.August 28, 2013
  • $4M grant split among 30 MNsure outreach groups
    Thirty organizations will share in a $4 million federal grant to help Minnesotans find health insurance coverage on the new online marketplace, MNsure announced Friday.August 23, 2013
  • Medica wants to educate public on Affordable Care Act
    One of Minnesota's leading health insurers has launched a campaign to educate the public about the Affordable Care Act.August 21, 2013

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