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  • Study: Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32%
    Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.March 27, 2013
  • Study: Health overhaul to raise Minn. claims costs
    A new study says medical claim costs for Minnesotans with individual health insurance policies won't jump as much as the projected national average.March 26, 2013
  • Obama health law anniversary finds two Americas
    Three years, two elections, and one Supreme Court decision after President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act, its promise of health care for the uninsured may be delayed or undercut in much of the country because of entrenched opposition from many Republican state leaders.March 21, 2013
  • State gives all clear for TurboTax users
    The state of Minnesota says its okay again for taxpayers to prepare their 2012 returns with TurboTax and other Intuit products.March 19, 2013
  • Dayton to tour state to promote his budget
    Gov. Mark Dayton will travel the state starting this week to make the case for his budget.March 17, 2013
  • NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake at National Press Club
    Thomas Drake, a former senior executive at the National Security Agency, speaks March 15, 2013 at the National Press Club in Washington. He was charged with espionage after he blew the whistle on waste, fraud and illegal activity at the NSA.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 14, 2013
  • Dayton's tax proposals: Take 2
    Now that Gov. Mark Dayton has gone back to the drawing board, a pair of leading tax authorities from the Legislature join us to talk about what comes next.March 10, 2013
  • Myriad languages, cultures challenge health reform
    Understanding the Affordable Care Act is a challenge even for governors, state lawmakers and agency officials, but delivering its message to non-English speakers who can benefit from it is shaping up as a special complication. That is especially true in states with large and diverse immigrant populations.March 5, 2013
  • Minn. House takes up health exchange bill
    The Minnesota House today begins what could be a marathon debate over a controversial and key part of the federal health care law.March 4, 2013
  • Sidewalk seating vs. parking in Lowertown
    People who want to see more sidewalk cafes in downtown St. Paul will clash this week with those concerned about limited parking.March 4, 2013
  • Tax bills for rich families approach 30-year high
    With Washington gridlocked again over whether to raise their taxes, it turns out wealthy families already are paying some of their biggest federal tax bills in decades even as the rest of the population continues to pay at historically low rates.March 3, 2013
  • Minnesota health exchange on deadline, moving swiftly
    Legislation that would create a new online marketplace for Minnesotans to buy health insurance will be making its last state Senate committee stop this week. In order for the exchange to open for business in October as required, state lawmakers must pass a bill by the third week in March.February 18, 2013
  • For some workers, W2 details health costs
    Workers for large employers may notice new health insurance information listed on their W2 forms this year. Under the federal health care law, W2 forms now must include the cost of employer-sponsored health insurance.February 17, 2013
  • Legislators eager to parse Minn. budget bills
    DFL Gov. Mark Dayton announced his two-year budget proposal nearly three weeks ago, but most of those tax and spending recommendations have not yet arrived in the House and Senate as bills.February 11, 2013
  • Aging America: No easy fix for hospital readmission epidemic
    More than 1 million Americans wind up back in the hospital only weeks after they left for reasons that could have been prevented -- a revolving door that for years has seemed impossible to slow. Now Medicare has begun punishing hospitals with hefty fines if they have too many readmissions, and a top official says signs of improvement are beginning to emerge.February 10, 2013

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