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January 26, 2016
MNsure health insurance signup deadline is Sunday
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans have only a few days left to sign up through the state’s MnSure -- its health insurance service. The agency said those seeking health insurance can qualify for instant discounts that can make monthly premiums more affordable. More than 7 out of 10 Minnesotans...
January 26, 2016 - 11:10pm
December 15, 2015
Minnesotans will soon need proof of insurance to renew license tabs
ST. PAUL - Minnesotans registering and renewing license tabs or transferring ownership of motor vehicles and motorcycles will need to provide insurance information beginning Jan. 1. The Legislature changed state law to require insurance information for vehicle registration. Prior...
December 15, 2015 - 2:14pm
December 14, 2015
Vehicle insurance information needed
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans registering and renewing license tabs or transferring ownership of motor vehicles and motorcycles will need to provide insurance information beginning Jan. 1. The Legislature changed state law to require insurance information for vehicle registration. Prior...
December 14, 2015 - 11:06pm
October 15, 2015
MNsure expects smoother enrollment
ST. PAUL — MNsure leaders promise Minnesotans will have an easier time signing up for health insurance on its Website when enrollment begins next month. “My eyes are fully focused on improving the consumer experience,” interim MNsure CEO Allison O’Toole said Thursday to a...
October 15, 2015 - 11:40pm
October 11, 2015
MNsure’s low market share — not its rates — is an outlier
MINNEAPOLIS — On Oct. 1, state officials announced higher rates for people buying insurance through Minnesota’s MNsure exchange next year — and later defended MNsure from criticism by Republican lawmakers, who said the rate increases highlighted MNsure’s failures. But though...
October 11, 2015 - 11:37pm
September 1, 2015
Financial Advisors Little Crow group elects officers
WILLMAR — Officers for National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors Little Crow for the 2015-16 year are Kevin Christoffers, president; Harry Fenstra, president-elect; Mark Jensen, secretary/treasurer; John Dean, national committee member; Bob O’Fallon, state national...
September 1, 2015 - 9:44am
August 20, 2015
State’s decision on UCare will force local enrollees to change health plans
WILLMAR — An unspecified number of Kandiyohi County enrollees will likely have to find a new health care plan this fall, if the state of Minnesota goes through with its intention to drop UCare from the menu of options for the subsidized Prepaid Medical Assistance Program. Most...
August 20, 2015 - 11:32pm
August 18, 2015
SW Minn. health partnership achieves $4 million in savings
WILLMAR — An integrated health partnerships demonstration project by Southern Prairie Community Care achieved $4 million in savings in 2014 while managing care for the Medicaid population in 12 participating counties. Altogether, the 16 provider groups working with the Minnesota...
August 18, 2015 - 5:41pm
August 17, 2015
New business team offers help for busy employers
WILLMAR — Christianson & Associates PLLP has joined with insurance agent Jenny Quale in an attempt to provide comprehensive financial and...
August 17, 2015 - 11:11pm
July 24, 2015
Avian flu winds down: Ag secretary lobbies for insurance for poultry farmers
WASHINGTON — Minnesotans applauded U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack after he advocated for an insurance program for farmers affected...
July 24, 2015 - 10:48pm
June 4, 2015
Insurance companies seek big premium hikes
ST. PAUL — Proposals by some insurers for large health insurance premium increases upset key politicians. “The proposed rate increases from Minnesota’s health insurers are outrageous, given that our state’s health care costs have been increasing by only 3 percent,” Democratic...
June 4, 2015 - 11:17pm
Local insurance agents visit Washington, D.C.
WILLMAR — John R. Dean and Robert O’Fallon joined hundreds of other professional insurance agents, advisers, brokers, consultants and employee benefit specialists from across the country in Washington, D.C., May 19-20 to meet with U.S. Senate and U.S. House members and staff as...
June 4, 2015 - 6:57pm
May 19, 2015
American Family agent Hern earns certification
WILLMAR — Gary Hern, an American Family Insurance agent in Willmar, has been recognized for providing outstanding customer experience under the American Star Excellence in Customer Experience Certification. Hern has been an agent for American Family since January 1991. His office...
May 19, 2015 - 5:11pm
May 9, 2015
No compromise yet for MNsure, MinnesotaCare
ST. PAUL — Minnesota legislators have spent hours debating the future of MNsure and MinnesotaCare, but remain far from a compromise needed to end the 2015 legislative session.
May 9, 2015 - 12:15am
February 26, 2015
Minnesota dentists say low state payments hurting care for poor
ST. PAUL — Many Minnesota dentists pay money out of their own pockets to care for poor patients because, they say, the state pays them too...
February 26, 2015 - 11:21pm