David Montgomery / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's insurers are proposing to lower or freeze premiums on many health plans — if the federal government approves a state program to subsidize some of the risk.
ST. PAUL — Both the Minnesota House and Senate voted this year to limit what internet service providers can do with their customers' data. But those provisions have been dropped from a compromise bill unveiled Monday, May 1. Lawmakers say the language could still be added back into the bill in the three weeks remaining before this year's legislative session ends "It is a work in progress," said Sen. David Osmek, the Mound Republican who co-chairs the committee negotiating a final language.
ST. PAUL—Eligible Minnesotans should start seeing discounts on their health insurance premiums in May, as part of a $310 million relief package signed into law in January by Gov. Mark Dayton. State officials said Monday, Feb. 27, that the relief remains on track to arrive this spring as intended. Though the relief bill was passed in January, building computer systems to administer the relief isn't simple and will take insurance companies eight to 12 weeks from the late-January bill passage. Here is what you need to know about the relief:
ST. PAUL — Next week's impending deadline for Minnesotans to buy health insurance on the individual market just got a little looser. The open enrollment period for 2017 health insurance had been scheduled to run through Tuesday, Jan. 31. But on Saturday the state-run MNsure exchange authorized a one-week extension to Feb. 8. Prompting this special enrollment period was the Legislature's Jan. 26 passage of 25 percent premium relief for around 120,000 Minnesotans who buy individual market insurance but earn too much to get federal subsidies.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's top leaders seem on the brink of a deal to bring health insurance premium relief to as many as 120,000 Minnesotans. This doesn't mean a deal will actually get done. More than once in recent months, Democratic-Farmer-Labor Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders have been close to a compromise only for everything to fall apart. And despite signs of compromise, several major divisive issues remain.
ST. PAUL — If both Republicans and Democrats agree that the state should pass $300 million in relief for Minnesotans struggling to pay their health insurance, why is it taking months to pass it? Part of the dispute reflects genuine disagreements about the best way to deliver 25 percent rebate checks to the roughly 120,000 Minnesotans facing soaring health insurance premiums on the individual market but not eligible for federal subsidies. Different options could get relief out faster or could let the state more closely direct the aid to the people who need it most.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers say they want to pass a relief package for Minnesotans facing soaring health insurance premiums by the end of this week, but lots remains to be done before policyholders know if they will get a state rebate. The next few days will determine whether that happens, or if Minnesota's leaders yet again hit delays. The Dayton administration's top finance man said on Monday, Jan. 9, that greater Minnesota is especially looking at what happens in St. Paul. Democratic Gov.
ST. PAUL — The close race for Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District has big implications for public policy. But the bitter contest itself has been almost devoid of policy discussions. Instead, the TV ads and postcards produced by Republican Jason Lewis, Democrat Angie Craig and their respective allies have largely focused on personality and background. The race has focused not on plans for the economy or the Affordable Care Act but on Lewis' past career as a talk radio host and Craig's as a medical device company executive.