Christopher Snowbeck, St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s home care workers have voted to create their own union, the state said Tuesday after counting results. The union will represent about 27,000 workers who are...
ST. PAUL -- MNsure plans to spend another $3.16 million for help from a New York-based consultant with fixes to its troubled information technology system. The state’s health insurance exchange agreed this spring to spend $4.95 million for assistance from Deloitte in assessing problems with the MNsure system plus help managing the project. Now, with the additional funds, Deloitte would help implement a plan to improve the MNsure website and related systems before most consumers start using it again Nov.
ST. PAUL -- The state Department of Human Services is moving quickly to correct an error in notices sent to more than 8,700 people in the MinnesotaCare health insurance program. The incorrect information was sent in a July 17 notice that told enrollees they needed to make a payment this month for coverage to continue in August. That’s not right, state officials said Monday.
ST. PAUL -- Long before Minnesotans go to the polls in November, they should have a good idea of what health insurance premiums will look like for next year. Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday called for the release of rates by about Oct. 1, so long as the state Commerce Department has enough time to review and approve rate filings from insurance companies. Officials had planned to release the rates Nov. 15, more than a week after the fall election.
ST. PAUL -- At least 16,000 low-income health insurance applicants never received letters telling them that the state needed more information, and many remain uninsured. State officials disclosed the mistake...
ST. PAUL -- MNsure’s online system for managing people’s health coverage needs a lot of work before November, when the next big wave of people trying to buy coverage through...
ST. PAUL -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers will try to negotiate a compromise on medical marijuana legislation in the coming days. The state Senate voted Tuesday not to concur with legislation passed last week by the House, calling instead for the appointment of a conference committee. Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis and lead author of the Senate’s bill, was appointed by the Senate to the committee along with Sen. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, and Sen. Branden Petersen, R-Andover. Rep.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Medical Association says it prefers a bill for medical marijuana that’s scheduled for a vote today in the House, saying cannabis legislation passed by the Senate earlier this week is “overly broad in scope.” The House bill from Rep. Carly Melin, DFL-Hibbing, would make marijuana available to certain patients from one state-regulated manufacturer. Patients would be enrolled in a research registry run by the Minnesota Department of Health to collect data on the effectiveness of medical cannabis. Gov.