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The Commerce Department estimates a new state program will save the federal government up to $167 million next year.
Minnetonka-based Medica is eliminating 250 more jobs following its decision last year to drop a major state contract in public health insurance programs.
The medical device maker saw first-quarter revenue growth of 10 percent.
Commerce alleged the health insurer's system did not update properly.
The exchange can follow the feds' lead or side with consumer advocates.
Company expects clearance for a new defibrillator later this year despite FDA warning letter.
Ohio-based Cardinal Health picks up a variety of patient monitoring and recovery products, plus 17 manufacturing facilities
Since Republicans have not repealed and replaced the ACA, the mandate remains in place.
Too soon to say whether premiums are covering individual plan claims.
Retiring HealthPartners CEO Mary Brainerd said industry is in an unusually anxious period.
Analysis of 2015 data adds a wrinkle to findings from a hospital trade group.
U health care economist would serve as an assistant secretary.
State insurers' $687 M in red ink fits national pattern, analysts say.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Medica and Sanford Health are among insurers suing over the lack of payouts in safety net program.
Agency says Minnetonka HMO ditched contract, now wants to return.
The Minnetonka-based insurance company is accused of making false claims regarding Medicare patients that resulted in overpayment of hundreds of millions of dollars.
Fairview Health Services has shortened the time patients must wait to receive approval for drugs subject to 'prior authorization' requirements from health insurers
Hospital trade group says rural medical centers struggle due to low payment rates from government insurance programs.
The Kaiser study projects significant increases for older people in rural Minnesota and modest savings for some younger people.
U researchers declined to cite cause-and-effect, but said TV campaign, enrollments overlapped.
The disclosure came in a whistleblower case against Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group.
The trade groups for hospitals, doctors and insurers are concerned by the potential loss of health insurance coverage.
The HMO said it was offered a worse deal than other providers.
Telling Medica's story in the individual market is just one of the challenges facing John Naylor, the new chief executive.
Deal endured delays since the agreement in April.
The clinic plans to expand and renovate spaces at its St. Marys campus about 1 mile west of Mayo's main site in downtown Rochester.
Children's Minnesota ends Blue Cross contract in a move that could affect 70K patients.
The GOP proposal calls for making tax credits available to consumers outside the exchange.
Republican-led bill would cause wrenching cutbacks but could enhance market forces.
A new report on 2015 expenses found significant growth in hospital costs for treating Medicaid patients.
Health care nonprofit says that longtime executive Mary Brainerd will be succeeded by Andrea Walsh.
Federal audit indicates prescription plans did not align with Medicare rules, boosting out-of-pocket costs.
Back big in the market, insurer expects to receive 150,000 new subscribers with Medicaid, MinnesotaCare coverage.
Despite headwinds, the workforce still managed to grow by 5 percent.
The Legislature reversed a statute from the 1970s to try to boost competition.
Construction is expected to begin later this year on expansion of the hospital's surgical suite.
Some in individual market can still enroll by March 1.
About half the layoffs stem from outsourcing behavioral health services.
A whistleblower lawsuit alleges that UnitedHealth Group's data analytics division helped the Minnetonka-based insurer and other health plans defraud the federal Medicare program by "upcoding" risk adjustment scores to boost payment rates.
The HMO will pick up most of the counties that Minnetonka-based Medica will vacate this spring.
The annual rate of overall increase slowed even as lawmakers railed against price hikes on EpiPens.
The Trump administration says the change could stabilize the insurance market, but two MNsure board members voiced concerns.
Methodist Hospital joins medical centers launching improved attire for patients.
The state's experience with high-risk pools shows that you can cover thousands of people who are denied coverage by private insurers — but that it isn't cheap for the public or the patients.
A tiny fraction of patients in the individual market rack up 40% of all medical bills.
Insurers called the decline alarming and warned that it could force further premium increases.
Audit finds eligibility problems in system result in a continued high rate of overpayments.
Some medical centers cry foul about loss of local patients to distant options.
The insurer had reached cap but now has about 7,000 slots to sell.
Feb. 8 date allows consumers to take advantage of new state rebates for 2017 coverage.
Lawmakers this week provided the 25 percent premium rebates to certain people buying through the state's individual market.
Officials with the state exchange expect the documents to be on time.
The partnership shows big hospitals are dabbling in the health plan business.
For-profit firm is latest in Minnesota to combine a hospital and clinics operator with an insurer.
CEO Hemsley says insurer has "no better sense than anyone else" about what is coming.
The move comes about six weeks after Medica decided to not renew a large HMO contract in public insurance programs.
Insurers watch and worry as Congress eagerly makes first moves to repeal ACA.
Sign-ups rise about 20 percent from last year with three weeks left to enroll.
With the deal, the UnitedHealth Group division greatly expands outpatient surgery business.
The government report flags Medicare payments to the hospital for rehabilitation services.
David Tilford has led the health insurer since it became an independent company in 2001.
The Minneapolis-based health system now operates two hospitals on the Iron Range.
Alix Kowler’s father believed allegiance to his native Austria would protect his family as anti-Semitism spread in the 1930s. This faith was shaken in November…
Dayton blames automated calls for clogged exchange.
"Special enrollment" is available to those with individual market plans being terminated for '17.
Tax credits offered only through the exchange likely played a key role.
The promised repeal of the federal Affordable Care Act is raising questions among hospital systems in Minnesota.
The agreement ends uncertainty for patients about whether they'd need to switch doctors or pay more to visit the physicians they know.
Exchange sees uptick in response to big rate jumps for 2017; others are leaving the troubled individual market.
Report estimates that they have health problems that could prevent coverage.
Harken Health, the start-up health insurer from UnitedHealthcare, is shifting focus after suffering big losses in the individual market.
Amid uncertainty, the state health insurance exchange wants to improve the online experience for shoppers.
Such contract disputes often get resolved at the 11th hour, but open enrollment for Medicare beneficiaries ends Wednesday, and confused patients are scrambling.
The HMO says it won't be an option for more than 300,000 in state public programs beginning in May.
The move would impact health insurance coverage for more than 310,000 enrollees.
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