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Attorney General Keith Ellison alleged the hospital wrongly switched patients with medical debt into a new plan, resulting in ballooning payments and defaults.
Health officials say women could be more receptive to immunization with better outreach.
Leading physician and hospital groups spoke out in opposition to the plan to end payments for non-emergency care, which the health insurer said would save money while steering patients to the right site for care.
Doctors and hospitals oppose the policy, saying it could harm patients by delaying needed care.
During Joy Fitzgerald's Eli Lilly tenure, the company earned national recognition for its diversity and inclusion efforts.
With the help of an online support group, young widows and widowers are finding ways to forge a sense of community.
Record low "positivity rate" one of many signs of improved pandemic outlook.
The number of people with at least one vaccine dose nears 3 million.
Amid optimism and relief, officials concerned about unvaccinated populations.
The number of people with at least one vaccine dose exceeds 2.9 million.
Amanda Jackson's doctors say her story shows that they're still learning how best to treat COVID-19 patients.
The number of people with at least one vaccine dose exceeds 2.83 million.
Minneapolis-based health system has yet to see a return to prepandemic demand for health care
Expansion of immunization drive comes as the state reports 1,011 new cases and 19 virus deaths.
Mandates are too sensitive for governments, but businesses have latitude to impose them.
The Rochester-based clinic and a large health care group in California will jointly invest $100 million in Boston-based company.
Dwindling demand forces new approaches to boost immunization numbers.
The number of people with at least one vaccine dose exceeds 2.64 million.
The pandemic trimmed clinic revenue, but boosted health insurance earnings.
The number of people with at least one vaccine dose exceeds 2.6 million.
Health care providers across Minnesota are anticipating a flood of questions from patients about COVID-19 immunizations in coming days.
The number of people with at least one vaccine dose exceeds 2.5 million.
The new cases came on a volume of 44,564 tests, putting the positivity rate just below the state's "caution" level of 5%. The number of people with at least one vaccine dose exceeds 2.4 million.
Federal health agencies lifted the pause on using the vaccine. Data suggests risk of rare health risk is concentrated among women under age 50.
Legal settlements and delayed care amid the pandemic drove a surge in operating income last year for Minnesota's nonprofit health insurers.
The pandemic cut hospital and clinic volumes at the Minneapolis-based health care system.
Outreach focused on groups hit hard by COVID-19 including communities of color.
Single-dose product is key for reaching some groups, health officials say, but they fear a stigma might linger.
Minnesota reported 2,429 new coronavirus cases and 10 more deaths linked to COVID-19. The seven-day average for net new cases declined for a second straight day.
First quarter earnings beat expectations as insurance subscribers grew by 1 million people.
Idea adopted elsewhere raises personal freedom and equity questions.
Minnesota is reporting 2,454 new coronavirus cases and 12 more deaths as the count for people with at least one vaccine dose approaches 2 million.
Eagan-based Further administers health savings accounts paired with high-deductible health plans.
Brian Thompson was named chief executive of the UnitedHealth Group subsidiary.
Minnesota researchers' surprise discovery highlights importance of whole genome sequencing.
Spread of more infectious forms of virus complicate plans for schools, holidays.
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose is approaching 1,138,000.
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Mixed indicators leave state health officials with an "in-between" sense for where the state stands.
The savings projection for existing customers doesn't include those who might newly tap health exchange subsidies.
Speaking at an investors conference, Andrew Witty made his first public comments as the company's chief executive.
Health officials say the spread of a more contagious version first found in the United Kingdom underscores the importance of people avoiding spring break travel.
The state reported 975 new cases and 12 more deaths linked to COVID-19. The test "positivity rate" was again lower than the state's "caution" level of 5%.
More than five dozen cases have been linked to participants in school, club sports.
Lawsuit alleges monopoly scheme by drug company once headed by now imprisoned Martin Shkreli.
Early research suggests metformin, an inexpensive drug used for diabetes and weight loss, can help women infected with the virus avoid serious illness.
After an initial hit, demand for COVID test helps to drive strong results.
"Monoclonal antibodies" given in Minnetonka to help avoid hospitalization.
Despite the decline, there's considerable uncertainty about whether it can be sustained, particularly as more contagious versions spread.
Joint venture that was formed in 2019 plans to open or acquire about a dozen surgery centers in five years.
Officials fear a second wave of more contagious virus strain could emerge.
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 742,000.
The state postponed appointments at some community vaccination locations after severe winter weather in other parts of the country delayed at least part of this week's COVID-19 vaccine doses.
Rochester location fits with the tech giant's Mayo Clinic collaboration.
Mary Turner, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, will join group focused on health inequities.
After abrupt departure, former CEO will see salary and incentive pay for two years.
Antibodies show promise in virus prevention efforts, not just treatment.
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 525,000.
A COVID death in the family brings home patients' suffering, with the pain of that loss deepening her commitment to her difficult work.
Some providers have not received any vaccine for weeks, the trade group said, adding that the new state COVID-19 vaccine allocation system deprives some rural communities of doses needed for patients.
David Wichmann is stepping down as the Minnetonka insurer's chief executive. Andrew Witty, the head of its Optum subsidiary who worked with the World Health Organization last year, now leads the whole company.
Growth in government-based coverage offset declines in employer-based health insurance.
Scientists are trying to learn more about the coronavirus strain linked to Brazil because health officials don't know for sure if it's spreading in Minnesota.
The glitch wrongly told people waiting for their second doses that appointments are "no longer valid."
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 381,000.
Two weeks after the Department of Health reported the state's first cases, health officials are expanding the genetic sequencing work that scientists perform to document the new strain.
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 229,000.
Pandemic costs hit earnings from the company's health insurance division.
The count for people with at least one vaccine dose now exceeds 174,000.
The new strain was detected in specimens from five residents in the Twin Cities metro area, the Minnesota Health Department says.
Some medical centers are reporting a surprising lack of patient interest in the outpatient antibody therapy, state health officials say.
State officials are watching for a potential increase in cases following holiday travels.
Research will monitor recipients for impact on pregnancy, birth outcomes.
Less than two weeks old, December has already become the second-deadliest month for COVID-19 in Minnesota.
The latest numbers pushed the seven-day rolling average for new cases to the lowest reading since early November.