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  • 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
  • Along ND border, Minn. business owners say higher taxes hurt
    Business owner Brady Olson criticizes state legislators for increasing property, sales, gasoline and cigarette taxes. Olson and other business owners in northwest Minnesota say those higher taxes make it difficult for them to compete with businesses in North Dakota, where the booming economy has allowed legislators to cut taxes.June 10, 2013
  • New stormwater management plan riles Minnesota cities
    Rules aim to reduce runoff pollution in bodies of water.The Daily Circuit, May 22, 2013
  • Minn. House passes K-12 finance bill
    The Minnesota House passed a K-12 finance bill that would increase funding by $485 million for all-day kindergarten, special education, early childhood education and the classroom.May 19, 2013
  • Minn. lawmakers take budget debate down to wire
    The final pieces of Minnesota's next two-year, $38 billion budget were falling into place Sunday as state lawmakers clocked long hours and held a succession of late-night debates at the Capitol. By late afternoon, lawmakers had sent six of nine major budget bills to Gov. Mark Dayton.May 19, 2013
  • Small businesses wonder what health overhaul has in store for them
    Organizations representing small business have been among the sharpest critics of the federal health care overhaul. But the opposition is not universal. Some small business owners in Minnesota hope they'll find new health insurance options thanks to the law and MNSURE, the new state new online insurance marketplace it created.May 13, 2013
  • Laying bare your finances to apply for health care
    After a storm of complaints, the Obama administration on Tuesday unveiled simplified forms to apply for insurance under the president's new health care law. You won't have to lay bare your medical history but you will have to detail your finances.April 30, 2013
  • Help for 'uninsurables' mired in political battle
    A GOP bill, headed for a vote Wednesday in the House, would divert billions from another program under President Barack Obama's signature law, a transfer Democrats say would undermine broader goals. Caught in the middle are the so-called uninsurables.April 24, 2013
  • Obamacare credits could trigger surprise tax bills
    Millions of people who take advantage of government subsidies to help buy health insurance next year could get stung by surprise tax bills if they don't accurately project their income.April 2, 2013
  • Interactive: Implementation of Affordable Care Act by state
    The Affordable Care Act will provide coverage to more than 32 million uninsured Americans, but underlying medical claims costs in the individual market - a driver of premium costs - could rise by nearly 32 percent nationally by 2017, according to a study by financial risk analysts.April 2, 2013

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