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  • 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
  • Some families to be priced out of health overhaul
    Some families could get priced out of health insurance due to what's being called a glitch in President Barack Obama's overhaul law.January 31, 2013
  • Money fears vs. real benefits in Medicaid choice
    President Barack Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can't refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state program for the poor and disabled, could be the most important decision facing governors and legislatures this year.January 30, 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.January 29, 2013
  • States have many questions on Medicaid expansion
    As state legislative sessions advance, lawmakers are debating whether to expand their Medicaid programs as provided by President Barack Obama's health care law.January 28, 2013
  • House leaders react to Dayton's budget proposal
    Minnesota House leaders join us to discuss Gov. Dayton's budget proposal, which calls for increased revenue and spending.The Daily Circuit, January 28, 2013
  • Glossary: New lingo for consumers in health overhaul
    President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law has spawned its own jargon. With the law finally about to take full effect, consumers might want to get familiar with some of the terms:January 27, 2013
  • 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

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