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  • Q and A: Health insurance exchanges will transform market
    Health insurance exchanges will change the way people buy coverage and will help millions of uninsured people get a private plan. Nearly 49 million people are uninsured in the United States, but the numbers vary dramatically by state.January 27, 2013
  • Consumer alert: new health care markets on the way
    Buying your own health insurance will never be the same. This fall, new insurance markets called exchanges will open in each state, marking the long-awaited and much-debated debut of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The goal is quality coverage for millions of uninsured people in the United States. What the reality will look like is anybody's guess.January 27, 2013
  • A look at Governor Dayton's property tax reform proposals
    Governor Mark Dayton didn't just propose a budget on Tuesday, he also put forward an overhaul of the state's tax system. Dakota County Commissioner Kathleen Gaylord, chair of a group that's made recommendations to simplify Minnesota's property tax system, talked with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer about the Governor's property tax proposal.January 23, 2013
  • Governor Dayton's budget: Minn. Senate leaders react
    Minnesota Senate leaders react to Gov. Mark Dayton's budget plan that focuses on new spending for K-12 schools and early childhood education.The Daily Circuit, January 22, 2013
  • Gov.'s office wants MinnesotaCare paid for with federal funding
    The Dayton administration wants to use funds available under the federal health care law to help pay for MinnesotaCare.January 15, 2013
  • Lawmakers, retailers consider effect of sales tax on clothes
    All but seven of the 50 states tax clothing sales, and the idea of extending the sales tax to clothing in Minnesota has been proposed many times in the Legislature. Supporters say it could help stabilize sales tax revenue, while critics worry that retailers would lose a competitive advantage.January 14, 2013
  • Some insurers question claim of same or smaller premiums under insurance exchange
    The state Commerce Department says the majority of Minnesotans who buy individual health insurance plans will pay the same or smaller premiums on the state insurance exchange in 2016. But some insurers question the figures.January 11, 2013
  • With bill in hand, legislators squeezed for time to establish health insurance exchange
    DFL and Republican lawmakers wasted no time this week in unveiling a bill to establish a state health insurance exchange. Federal and state deadlines give legislators barely 10 weeks to get the bill through 14 House and Senate committees.January 10, 2013
  • Minnesota lawmakers unveil bill to create insurance exchange
    State lawmakers unveiled a bill Wednesday to create an insurance exchange in Minnesota.January 9, 2013
  • Changes to govt. health care could save on costs, UnitedHealth Group reports
    A report by UnitedHealth Group said the U.S. could reduce spending on Medicare and Medicaid by doing a better job of coordinating patient care, particularly for those with chronic illnesses such as diabetes.January 9, 2013
  • 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

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