Everything listed under: healthcare

  • More Obamacare fallout as rates spike for small businesses and MNsure enrollees

    The Star Tribune ran a front-page story this week about small business health premiums spiking as a result of Obamacare’s compliance mandates. The story should come as no surprise to anyone who read the Freedom Foundation’s exclusive report on this very issue last month, which analyzed small group insurance rates for plans that are being forced into compliance with Affordable Care Act mandates. The Freedom Foundation’s analysis found average rate hikes ranging from 37 percent to 52 percent, depe...

  • Rate shock hits Minnesota's small group health insurance market

    The Freedom Foundation of Minnesota released an analysis this week of small group health insurance in Minnesota, finding massive rate hikes for many small businesses and their employees that are being forced into compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Read the Freedom Foundation’s full report here. According to rates submitted by insurers and approved by the Minnesota Department of Commerce, insurance is about to get much more expensive for small businesses and their employees, particularly th...

  • Big Labor claims victory in unfair fight

    The state announced in late August that labor union Service Employees International Union (SEIU) was victorious in the largest union election in state history. SEIU has won the right to "represent" Minnesota’s personal care assistants (PCAs), or home health workers. However, the arrangement still faces legal challenges, and rightly so, especially in light of questions about the integrity and transparency with which the election was conducted.

  • Minnesota near the top on state employee health plan spending

    The State of Minnesota offers extraordinarily generous health benefits for government employees, according to a new report by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The report includes data and 50-state comparisons on issues like employee health insurance premiums, cost-sharing arrangements, and analysis of provider networks. Among the findings from the Pew report: Minnesota is one of just a handful of states where state employees contribute an average of $0 to individual health plan premiums, with taxpayer...

  • Obamacare roundup

    WCCO News: "Nearly 280,000 Minnesotans who pay for their own insurance will receive a letter from their health care provider detailing some small and some large changes to their plans… Some of the new changes required by the Affordable Care Act include ‘essential health benefits’ such as newborn care, mental health and substance abuse services. And those changes have some people up in arms, because it’s forcing their premiums to skyrocket." Los Angeles Times: "Thousands of Californians are disco...

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