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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

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced additional employers and unions accepted into the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program, including a number of applicants in Minnesota. Nearly 1,000 large and small businesses, state and local governments, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and unions have been accepted into the program and will begin to receive reimbursements for their early retirees' medical claims this fall. The approvals announced today bring the total number of approvals to nearly 3,000 organizations. HHS announced the first round of nearly 2,000 approvals in August.

"I am incredibly pleased to see so many employers embrace this important new program to maintain coverage for people who often have a difficult time finding affordable coverage," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "The Affordable Care Act helps large and small businesses to provide security to early retirees and their families."

Secretary Sebelius made the announcement from the Mine Safety Appliances Company (MSA) manufacturing plant in Cranberry Township,Pennsylvania - one of the now nearly 3,000 organizations participating in the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.

Created by the Affordable Care Act as another bridge to the new health insurance Exchanges in 2014, the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program provides $5 billion in financial assistance to employers and unions to help them maintain coverage for early retirees ages 55 and older who are not yet eligible for Medicare. Businesses and other employers and unions that are accepted into the program will receive reimbursement for medical claims of their early retirees and their spouses, surviving spouses, and dependents. Savings may be used to reduce employer or union health care costs, provide premium or out-of-pocket relief to workers, retirees, and their families, or both. The program ends on January 1, 2014, when the State-based health insurance Exchanges will be up and running.

HHS' Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight has approved nearly 3,000 employer and union plans, representing a broad range of employers and unions from all 50 States and the District of Columbia, for participation in the Early Retiree Rein .....
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Mapping and Planning Efforts Expanded for the Full Five Year Program

Tue, Sep 28th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota





St. Paul, MN - The Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has awarded Connect Minnesota approximately $2.7 million, under the State Broadband Data and Development Grant Program (SBD ..... 
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Minnesota Gains 600 Jobs in August

Thu, Sep 16th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



For Immediate Release Contact: Kirsten Morell, 651-259-7161

September 16, 2010 Kirsten.Morell@state.mn.us

Minnesota Gains 600 Jobs

in August

~Unemployment rate at 7 percent~

ST. PAUL - Minnesota employer ..... 
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MINNESOTA FARMERS OFFER FREE GROCERIES FOR A YEAR!

Wed, Sep 15th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN. (Sept. 15, 2010) - Thousands of Minnesota consumers have learned that a chance to win free groceries for a year is just a mouse click away. In fact, since the Minnesota "Farmers Feed US" promotion at www.FarmersFeedUS.org launched on ..... 
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BACK TO SCHOOL MEANS BUS SAFETY 101 FOR ALL

Wed, Sep 8th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - The Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety is urging motorists to "see yellow" and be ready to respond to school buses and student pedestrians as school resumes in Minnesota. Officials stress motorists ..... 
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DWI CRACKDOWN CONTINUES THROUGH LABOR DAY AS GOVERNOR DECLARES FRIDAY "DESIGNATE A SOBER DRIVER DAY"

Thu, Sep 2nd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Heightened DWI enforcement efforts will surround Labor Day weekend, the seventh deadliest weekend of the year for alcohol-related deaths according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

Around 4 ..... 
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Coalition of Greater MN Cities

Wed, Sep 1st, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota



St. Paul, MN-With the state facing a $5.8 billion deficit, Minnesotans deserve detailed answers on how candidates for governor will close the budget gap, said the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities (CGMC) and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman t ..... 
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ServeMinnesota's Social & Economic Program Efforts Recognized By Landmark Kennedy Serve America Act With $14.5M in Grants

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN - After undergoing a rigorous competition to receive a slice of $234 million in federal AmeriCorps grants, ServeMinnesota programs received $14.5 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service, a 25 percent increase o ..... 
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Take action to stop distraction behind the wheel

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - Attention drivers! Around 100 law enforcement agencies are conducting a distracted driving educational push coupled with an enforcement effort during the first week of August. Agencies will increase patrols on Aug. 5 during Gov. Pawlenty's ..... 
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