Republicans say they will offer about 100 amendments to an insurance exchange bill when the Minnesota Senate debates it Thursday.
The DFL-controlled Minnesota House has passed a key part of the Obama administration's health care law -- a state-based health insurance exchange -- by a 72 to 58 vote, largely along party line.
The bill was heard by nine separate committees on its way to the House floor, but Republicans complained that Democrats stopped all GOP attempts to make meaningful improvements.
Minnesota has accepted a federal offer to put more low-income people on a state-fashioned Medicaid program with the costs falling to the federal government.
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.
In 2011, uncompensated care cost hospitals $308 million, and without the federal Affordable Care Act it would grow to about $319 million by 2016, said the report issued Wednesday by the health department's Health Economics Program.
Two DFL lawmakers are proposing to create a state grant program that would dedicate $4 million each year to spinal cord and traumatic brain injury research.
A bill to create a key part of the federal health care law in Minnesota sailed through its first committee Wednesday on a party line vote.
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.
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.
Minnesota's largest doctor group says it is time to raise the state's tax on tobacco products.
The state health department is seeking public feedback on a Web-based tool that will help consumers compare hospitals, clinics and outpatient surgery centers for quality.
Some Minnesota hospitals will receive slightly less Medicare money while others will get bonuses, under provisions of the federal health care overhaul.
Health insurers are under tight deadlines to bring out new plans under the federal health care overhaul. The government released its proposed regulations spelling out what the plans have to cover only last month. But those rules aren't final yet. Insurers say they're scrambling to develop the new products in a matter of months when the process would normally take at least a year.
Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a bill that would require a doctor to be in the room when a woman takes a pill to induce abortion.