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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.

When the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented in 2014, Health Insurance Exchanges will provide individuals and small businesses with a "one-stop shop" to find and compare affordable, high-quality health insurance options.

"States are moving forward, implementing the Affordable Care Act and making reform a reality," said Sebelius. "These grants will help ensure states have the resources they need to establish exchanges and ensure Americans are no longer on their own when shopping for insurance."

Health Insurance Exchanges will bring new transparency to the market so that consumers will be able to compare plans based on price and quality and will offer all Americans the same insurance choices members of Congress will have. By increasing competition among insurance companies and allowing individuals and small businesses to band together to purchase insurance, Exchanges will also lower costs.

The Exchange establishment grants announced today recognize that states are making progress toward establishing Exchanges but doing so at different paces. States that are moving ahead on a faster pace can apply for multi-year funding. States that are making progress in establishing their Exchange through a step-by-step approach can apply for funding for each project year. Moving forward, states will have multiple opportunities to apply for funding as they progress through Exchange establishment. This process gives states maximum flexibility and ensures that states can move forward on their own timetables as they work to build an Exchange.

States can use the Exchange establishment grants for a number of different activities including conducting background research, consulting with stakeholders, making legislative and regulatory changes, governing the exchange, establishing information technology systems, conducting financial management and performing oversight and ensuring program integrity.

States are already taking their first steps toward 2014 when Health Insurance Exchanges will be operational. For example, California signed first-in-the-nation legislation to implement a Health Insurance Exchange under the Affordable Care Act on September 30, 2010. Maryland's Health Reform Coordinat .....
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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

The U.S. Department ..... 
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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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