Jim Spencer

Washington Correspondent
Phone: 202-383-6123
Jim Spencer works in the Star Tribune’s Washington, D.C., bureau. He covers the intersection of Minnesota businesses and industry with national politics, legislation and regulation. Spencer has more than three decades’ experience as a news reporter, columnist, feature writer and sports writer.

Recent content from Jim Spencer

UnitedHealth unit chosen to fix health care website

The federal government named Quality Software Services to tackle problems with the national health insurance website.

Updated: October 26, 2013, - 09:09 AM

UnitedHealth unit says it fixed its exchange flaws

UnitedHealth Group’s Optum unit told Congress it accepted some blame for early problems with a federal health exchange website.

Updated: October 24, 2013, - 10:07 PM

Tea Party might have hurt chances for device tax repeal

As the nation’s budget negotiations continue in the weeks ahead, the push to kill the device tax as part of the ill-fated effort to defund the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare, might have created as many problems as opportunities for those who want the tax dead.

Updated: October 21, 2013, - 04:29 PM

Effort to repeal tax on medical devices stalls

The push had bipartisan support but was not part of a potential deal in the Senate.

Updated: October 16, 2013, - 06:47 AM

CEOs seek fiscal crisis solution

Minnesota’s executives and business groups worry about shrinking revenue and consumer confidence if the U.S. defaults.

Updated: October 14, 2013, - 10:47 AM

Minnesota jobless claims jump 47% as shutdown continues

Analysts say first-time filings for Minnesota and the U.S. reflect the government shutdown.

Updated: October 11, 2013, - 04:53 PM

Crystal Sugar pays off $46.6 million government loan with sugar

Crystal Sugar used its own product to pay off $46.6 million on a federal loan debt, probably costing taxpayers tens...

Updated: October 01, 2013, - 08:50 PM

Slumping sugar prices cost U.S. taxpayers $53.3 million

A price support system required the purchase of more than 272 million pounds of sugar.

Updated: October 01, 2013, - 06:52 AM

Little companies court big ones at med tech conference

A Roseville device maker will be looking for partners and money at a med tech industry conference with the giants...

Updated: September 21, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Boomers' embrace of devices gives rise to new med-tech age

Rapid growth of medical devices in middle-age patients renews lives, remakes industry and raises worries over long-term use.

Updated: September 18, 2013, - 09:31 AM

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