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Uninsured Americans in Minnesota with Pre-existing Conditions Continue to Gain Coverage through Affordable Care Act


Thu, Feb 10th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today made new resources available to the media, consumer groups, states, health care providers, and others to increase awareness of the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), a health plan for uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions created by the Affordable Care Act.

Americans in Minnesota continue to enroll in the plan, which was created in 2010 to provide comprehensive health coverage - at the same price that otherwise healthy people pay - for uninsured Americans living with such conditions as cancer, diabetes, or heart disease who have been unable to obtain affordable health insurance coverage.

"This program has helped thousands of people that desperately need coverage and we are excited to see Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan enrollment is ramping up, in much of the way enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) did in the 1990's, as more people learn about the new insurance options available," said Steve Larsen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), which operates the program. "We are working every day to get the word out about this program, to find people who have been abandoned by the health insurance industry to get them the coverage they have been denied for so long."

This temporary program covers a broad range of health benefits and is designed as a bridge for people with pre-existing conditions who cannot obtain health insurance coverage in today's private insurance market. In 2014, all Americans - regardless of their health status - will have access to affordable coverage either through their employer or through a new competitive marketplace, and insurers will be prohibited from denying coverage to anyone based on their health status.

The Department is actively working with states, consumer groups, chronic disease organizations, health care providers, social workers, other federal agencies, and the insurance industry to promote the plan, including holding meetings with State officials, consumer groups, and others. New resources that are available to communities to help inform eligible Americans of the plan include a new web badge that links toPCIP.gov, as well as a new newsletter and website drop-in language that partners can use in their outreach efforts.

In Minnesota, 29 people have enrolled in the plan, and nationally, enrollment in the Pre-existing Condition In .....
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HHS announces new resources to help states implement Affordable Care Act

Thu, Jan 20th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a new funding opportunity for grants to help states continue their work to implement a key provision of the Affordable Care Act - Health Insurance Exchanges.

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Natural Element Opens at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Wed, Jan 12th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



MINNEAPOLIS-Natural Element has opened at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) offering organic, recycled and sustainable clothing, footwear and accessories to the traveling public.

Located at Terminal 1, Natural Elemen ..... 
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Minnesota homes need to be tested for radon; winter is best time to do it

Wed, Jan 5th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Every home in Minnesota should be tested every 2-5 years for radon gas, say state health officials. Testing a home is so important that, as a way to prevent exposure to radon, which can cause lung cancer, health officials are offering a limit ..... 
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State gains 14,100 jobs in October

Sat, Nov 27th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Minnesota employers added 14,100 jobs in October, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Over the past 12 months, Minnesota has gained 42,100 jobs at a growth ..... 
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Ban the Bug campaign urges Minnesotans to get their influenza vaccinations

Wed, Nov 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



It's not too late to get a flu shot and there is plenty of flu vaccine available, say state health officials. In an effort to promote flu vaccination, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), the Minnesota Coalition for Adult Immunization (M ..... 
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13,302 MOTORISTS TICKETED FOR NOT BUCKLING UP IN OCTOBER

Tue, Nov 9th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - An enhanced statewide seat belt enforcement campaign that ran October 8-28, resulted in 13,302 seat belt tickets. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safetycoordinated the effort among 400 law ..... 
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State health officials confirm flu death in elderly woman

Mon, Oct 18th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



State health officials are bracing for what they say could be a difficult year for the elderly in coping with influenza.

A woman in her 80s from southeastern Minnesota died last week from complications due to influenza. The Minnesota ..... 
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More Minnesota employers and unions will receive help providing health coverage to early retirees and their families

Mon, Oct 4th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Nearly 1,000 additional employers and unions have been approved to participate in the Affordable Care Act's Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, bringing total participants to 3,000 to date; applications still being accepted

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