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In a growing trend, the health system cited better efficiency for the move.
Two leading carriers have announced plans to exit Iowa's individual market for 2018, which means Minnetonka-based Medica could be the only insurer offering coverage to individuals statewide next year.
Nation's largest health insurer filed paperwork to stay in New York, Nevada.
Red ink ruled for health plans despite investment income of $149 million.
Health plans saw less red ink in 2016, but enrollment declines likely means healthy subscribers are dropping coverage.
Study says millions spent on services, exams that provide little or no benefit.
The Minnetonka-based insurer is the only one now selling statewide coverage to individuals in Iowa and Nebraska that might possibly return in 2018 to government-run exchanges.
The Minneapolis-based start-up insurer is selling coverage in Colorado.
The two-year moratorium comes after Republicans and DFLers couldn't agree on rules for any transactions.
A rating agency revised the health insurer's outlook while affirming its financial strength.
Short of a merger, the deal continues trend of greater Minnesota hospitals partnering with regional medical centers.
Federal money considered important in supporting MinnesotaCare program.
Hospitals argue that mergers help control costs. Consolidation critics counter that bulked-up hospital systems have power to demand high prices. The debate unfolds further in this deal.
Attorney General Lori Swanson wants to intervene in a federal lawsuit that could block certain subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
The government's complaint comes in a whistleblower case brought by a former employee in Minnesota.
The innovative subsidiary lost money in the market selling coverage to individuals.
The boards of directors at the Fairview and HealthEast hospital systems have approved a merger effective June 1 to create one of the state's largest health systems.
The continuing standoff between the two medical giants threatens to block an estimated 70,000 patients from visiting Children's at in-network rates starting July 5.
A Board of Regents vote means the two sides can talk through September.
The change, in a large spending bill for health and human services before the Legislature, addresses how nonprofit HMOs can become for-profit insurers.
The deal will add three hospitals and 14 clinics to a network that is one of the state's largest.
Insurance companies get on board to cover online health care for Medicare patients.
The HMO says Medica got much bigger in the programs through an "economically imprudent bid."
The insurer wants the government to stabilize the individual market, or state could lose its last provider.
Agency says insurer inflated Medicare payments through "one-sided" chart reviews.
The new report cites the federal health care law for the increase in the use of public insurance.
The cost of running health plans in Minnesota increased at a faster pace during 2015, raising questions about whether the state is on the cusp of an expensive new trend.
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.
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