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  • Latinos important constituency in health care overhaul
    While Latinos comprise a small fraction of Minnesota's population , they are a big part of the uninsured population. One in eight Latinos lacks health insurance. That makes Latino communities a likely focus for efforts to reduce the number of Minnesotans lacking health coverage.July 9, 2013
  • Why Obama delayed health care mandate
    Kerri Miller speaks with Stephen Parente, director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the Carlson School of Management, about the Obama administration's decision to delay by one year the health care law's mandate that large employers provide health insurance for their employees.July 3, 2013
  • MNsure won't be affected by Obamacare delay
    The state's new health insurance exchange, MNsure, won't be affected by the Obama administration's decision today to delay a key employer mandate under the federal health care law, Minnesota officials.July 2, 2013
  • Obama admin delays major requirement of health law
    The Obama administration says it's delaying a major part of the president's health care overhaul law, the requirement that medium and large companies offer coverage.July 2, 2013
  • Minn. cigarette taxes rise on Monday
    Cigarettes will be much more costly in Minnesota after Sunday. New tobacco taxes kick in Monday. That includes a $1.60 increase in the per-pack tax on cigarettes. The extra charge brings the total tax to $2.83 per pack.June 30, 2013
  • States find ways to raise taxes without saying so
    As state government leaders struggle to reconcile public demand for services with still sluggish post-recession tax collections, they have turned to tax increases -- but will call them anything but. Governors and lawmakers in several states have labeled their ideas extensions, surcharges or fees and used verbal gymnastics to explain why they aren't tax increases.June 29, 2013
  • Librarians to help with health law
    The nation's librarians will be recruited to help people get signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.June 28, 2013
  • Test-driving the Obamacare software
    All the outreach in the world won't count for much if the Obamacare ticket counter doesn't work. Behind the campaign to educate the uninsured about the Affordable Care Act is the assumption that software to sell the plans will be ready and user-friendly by Oct. 1, when enrollment is supposed to start. That assumption isn't universally shared. Kaiser Health News got an early look at the exchange software that will be used in Minnesota, Maryland and the District of Columbia.June 27, 2013
  • MNsure I.T. costs up nearly $5M
    Costs to build the technology infrastructure of Minnesota's new online health insurance marketplace have gone up nearly $5 million.June 26, 2013
  • The fight for rural healthcare funding in Washington
    It's harder to find allies for rural healthcare in a polarized Congress in Washington, a rural health policy official told attendees of the Minnesota Rural Health Conference here this morning.June 25, 2013
  • Tobacco tax increase may give lift to e-cigarettes
    An increase in Minnesota's cigarette tax is giving a boost to electronic cigarettes as an alternative to traditional smoking. The number of Twin Cities shops selling the "e-cigs" has been rising, and shop owners credit the $1.60-a-pack tax increase that goes into effect July 1 for expanding interest.June 24, 2013
  • Health insurance rebate coming to some Minnesotans
    A health insurance rebate could be coming to 9,161 Minnesotans.June 20, 2013
  • Report: Slowdown in health care costs to continue
    A report from accounting and consulting giant PwC projects lower overall growth in medical costs, even as the economy gains strength and millions of uninsured people receive coverage under the Affordable Care Act.June 18, 2013
  • Conflict between privacy rights and security is nothing new
    As technology changes, the scope of surveillance changes too. And the public perception of that surveillance changes as well.The Daily Circuit, June 17, 2013
  • Advocates for poor say MNsure's 2-tier enrollment system is unfair
    The state's new online health insurance marketplace, MNsure, is banking on community groups and other grass-roots organizations to help people sign up for health plans. MNsure will pay consumer assistants to help Minnesotans apply for and enroll in coverage. But MNsure has a two-tier payment system that advocates for low-income people call unfair.June 17, 2013

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