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.
The House and Senate both held floor votes this week on two separate abortion-related bills. The votes came as other work -- such as a health care spending bill and a tax bill -- remain unfinished, prompting criticism from opponents of the abortion measures.
A Senate committee Monday will debate two bills placing restrictions on abortions and clinics that provide abortions in Minnesota through licensure and requirements for use of medication designed to end pregnancy.
Republican legislative leaders are in hot water with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life after agreeing to drop several abortion and human cloning bans.
Kansas still has one abortion provider, but
two others that don't have state licenses were hoping to persuade a
federal judge to block a new licensing law and health department
regulations they consider burdensome.