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March 2, 2016
Lawmakers to tackle Medicaid eligibility, liens
ST. PAUL -- MNsure isn’t the only health care topic up for debate this legislative session. Other issues likely to command attention include Minnesota’s public health programs, Medicaid and MinnesotaCare. A recent audit found those programs did a poor job making sure everyone...
March 2, 2016 - 5:30am
February 17, 2016
MnSure officials respond to critics of liens
ST. PAUL — MNsure leaders defended the health insurance exchange from criticism over liens filed against the estates of some Medicaid recipients — but acknowledged they could have done better. Minnesota has for years filed claims against the estates of some older Medicaid recipients...
February 17, 2016 - 11:52pm
July 28, 2015
Taxpayers will save $450M in health care
ST. PAUL — State and federal taxpayers will save an estimated $450 million next year on public health plans after seeking statewide competitive bids for the first time. But the decision will mean turmoil as hundreds of thousands of low-income Minnesotans will have to change health...
July 28, 2015 - 11:52pm
July 8, 2014
UCare honors ACMC
WILLMAR — Affiliated Community Medical Centers was honored for delivering high-quality care to UCare’s Medicaid members and received a second award for delivering high-quality disability care to UCare’s members at UCare’s sixth annual “A Salute to Excellence!” event June...
July 8, 2014 - 10:57am
January 23, 2014
6.3 million eligible for Medicaid since Obamacare launch: U.S. agency
NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 6.3 million Americans were deemed eligible for government healthcare plans for the poor since the October 1 launch of President Barack Obama's healthcare law through December, federal officials reported on Wednesday. The swelling rolls for Medicaid...
January 23, 2014 - 6:37am
January 9, 2014
Blue Cross takes back control of Medicaid’s rural rides
ST. PAUL — Complaints have piled up since Jan. 1 that rural Minnesota’s poor, disabled and elderly struggled to arrange rides to their medical appointments, but Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota decided to fix that on Thursday by reverting to a system that worked in 2013. Blue...
January 9, 2014 - 10:51pm
July 3, 2013
Southern Prairie Community Care selected for statewide pilot program
WILLMAR - A consortium of 12 rural counties, including Kandiyohi County, has been selected for a three-year pilot project that could serve as a state and national model for how services are provided to people receiving government-funded medical care. Southern Prairie Community Care...
July 3, 2013 - 5:32am
January 28, 2013
Money fears vs. benefits in Medicaid choice
WASHINGTON — President Obama thinks his health care law makes states an offer they can’t refuse. Whether to expand Medicaid, the federal-state...
January 28, 2013 - 10:16pm
January 14, 2011
Medicaid opt-in is good for hospitals in rural Minnesota
Gov. Mark Dayton's first executive order this month was to opt Minnesota into early enrollment in the federal Medicaid program for the state's poor. It was a good move for Willmar's Rice Memorial Hospital and other rural hospitals in west central Minnesota. Medicaid will...
January 14, 2011 - 7:01am
January 13, 2011
Hospitals on board with early opt-in for Medicaid
WILLMAR -- Regardless of the politics surrounding Minnesota's expansion of the Medicaid program, hospitals in Minnesota mostly welcome the move. The measure, which outgoing Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty opposed, was one of the first signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, as he took...
January 13, 2011 - 12:00am
January 5, 2011
Dayton gives health-care protesters the mic
January 5, 2011 - 11:03am
Dayton opts for Medicaid health expansion in Minn.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Tea party protesters crowded into Gov. Mark Dayton's office today as he deepened Minnesota's participation in the federal health care overhaul. The Democratic governor was both booed by protesters and cheered by supporters during a Wednesday news conference...
January 5, 2011 - 10:11am
October 15, 2009
Rice Memorial Hospital reports its provided $18.5M in community benefits last year
WILLMAR -- Rice Memorial Hospital provided $18.5 million worth of community benefits in 2008 -- more than 20 percent of the city-owned hospital's operating costs. The total includes benefits such as charity care, health fairs and free support groups for patients. The biggest chunk...
October 15, 2009 - 12:00am