Christopher Magan / St. Paul Pioneer Press
PAUL — After six years of the state-run insurance marketplace MNsure, are Minnesotans ready for more or less government involvement in their health care? MNsure just passed its first enrollment deadline on Saturday, Dec. 15, and for the second year in a row, rates are declining, access has been largely maintained and enrollments remain steady.
PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Human Services does a decent job overseeing who gets public medical assistance, but improving that work could mean big savings for the state. That’s the finding of the Office of the Legislative Auditor, a government watchdog, which released an examination of the department’s compliance in its medical assistance for adults without children program.
PAUL — Kirsten Rogers had such a hard time getting a teacher’s license in Minnesota, she quit teaching for a while. Rogers is now back in the classroom, thanks to completion of a seven-year effort to overhaul the state’s teacher licensing system. This fall, a new state agency adopted a four-tiered licensure system. The rules took effect Oct. 27.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Republicans had high hopes this would be the year they would break the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party’s grip on the state’s constitutional offices. An open race for attorney general seemed like their best bet. But Democratic candidate Congressman Keith Ellison was poised to disappoint them, according to election results late Tuesday, Nov. 6.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Democratic candidates have a cash advantage heading into the final days of the 2018 campaign, but outside groups are spending heavily against them in federal races. There’s less than a week to go until Election Day and this is the last look voters will get at who is funding political campaigns before they cast their ballots. Federal spending reports were due last week and state campaign finance reports were due Monday and released publicly Tuesday, Oct. 30.
PAUL — Attorney General Lori Swanson wants drivers to put down their cellphones when they’re behind the wheel. Swanson highlighted a report Friday, Oct. 26, that characterized distracted driving as a deadly epidemic. She noted that each year 50 Minnesotans, and more than 3,000 people across the United States, are killed by distracted drivers.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota is getting nearly $18 million over the next two years to address the state's growing opioid crisis. The two-year federal grant, announced Tuesday, Oct. 9, by the state Department of Human Services, will be used to support treatment, emergency overdose antidotes like naloxone, and the training and recruitment of more medical and mental health staff.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — The Rosemount educator who suggested on social media that someone should assassinate newly sworn in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has resigned.
ST. PAUL — As many as 300,000 Minnesota seniors have some potentially confusing health insurance shopping to do this fall. Their Medicare Cost plans, offered by private insurers to limit out-of-pocket expenses, will no longer be available after this year and they need to sign up for something else. The change comes after an update in federal law to phase out cost plans because they are more expensive to administer.
ST. PAUL -- Two Twin Cities chiropractors will spend years in prison for separate multi-million dollar insurance fraud schemes. The Minnesota Commerce Department announced Tuesday, Oct. 2, that Adam John Burke, 34, of Minneapolis, received a 90-month prison term and Preston Ellard Forthun, 40, of Bloomington, was sentenced to 60 months.