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280,000 Minnesotans to see changes to health insurance thanks to MNsure


Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

By Jason Wenisch

ST. PAUL – Minnesotans who purchase their own private health insurance received some troubling news recently, as a WCCO radio report nearly 280,000 Minnesotans will be forced to give up policies they like, with doctors of their choosing, for policies that will be more expensive and involve services they do not want.

State Representative Greg Davids (R-Preston) says he’s already hearing complaints from local residents who are outraged they are losing their preferred health care option.

“So much for that ‘if you like your health care policy, you can keep it’ promise,” Davids said. “This program seems to create a new problem every week, and more than a month and half in, no Minnesotans have been able to complete enrollment because MNsure officials are still unable to transfer applicant information to health plans.”

More bad news for MNsure came from the non-partisan Minnesota Legislative Auditor’s Office recently. You’ll recall a MNsure security breach in September, when a MNsure employee emailed the personal data, including social security numbers, of more than one thousand Minnesotans to someone who should not have received it.

The Legislative Auditor recently completed an investigation of the matter, and he concluded: “MNsure officials have portrayed the unauthorized disclosure of private data as an isolated mistake by an individual employee. That version of what happened overlooks a series of significant decisions made not by the employee who inadvertently disclosed private data but by others at MNsure. The MNsure employee who disclosed private data made a mistake, acknowledged it, and was terminated. However, our findings demonstrate that what occurred was more than ‘an HR issue’ involving one employee.”

Davids said the continued MNsure follies have become a statewide embarrassment.

“Remember, Governor Dayton called this data breach a ‘little mistake’ a few weeks ago,” Davids said. “Had Governor Dayton and legislative Democrats not been so reckless in implementing Minnesota’s version of Obamacare, maybe we wouldn’t be having these continued problems.”

“The top priority for Democrats this session has to be finding a fix for MNsure,” Davids continued. “Minnesotans in need of affordable health care are suffering. Taxpayers who have already paid more than $150 million for a n .....
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Minnesota fire departments receive training grants

Thu, Nov 21st, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota fire departments will again receive funding to help keep firefighters’ skills sharp. The Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education (MBFTE) recently announced it will provide Minnesota’s 784 fire depart ..... 
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Highway 44 in Spring Grove opens to traffic

Wed, Nov 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled                                      ROCHESTER, Minn. – Highway 44 through downtown Spring Grove will open to traffic in the evening Friday, Nov. 22, according to the Minneso ..... 
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Planning for the start of the Winona Bridge project construction continues

Wed, Nov 20th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Planning is continuing to progress for the Winona Bridge project. The Environmental Assessment public comment period closed on Oct. 30, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT is preparing to request a ..... 
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Governor Dayton, MnDOT Announce 10 ‘Corridors of Commerce’ Projects

Tue, Nov 19th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Segment 1 of Highway 14 expansion east of Owatonna funded Rochester, Minn. – ST. PAUL, MN – Governor Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced today that ten highway construction projects will receive funding through ..... 
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I-90 traffic switch at Dresbach Bridge begins Nov. 14

Thu, Nov 14th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter new traffic patterns on Interstate 90 on both sides the Dresbach Bridge, beginning Thursday, Nov. 14, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Both directions of traffic were previous ..... 
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Highway 26 construction in Houston County suspended for the season

Thu, Nov 14th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Work on the Highway 26 resurfacing project between Highway 16 and the Iowa border has been suspended for the winter season, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Highway 26 had been reduced to a single-lane ..... 
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Dresbach Bridge ramp closure begins Nov. 8

Tue, Nov 5th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter a ramp closure at the northbound Highway 61 to eastbound Interstate 90 entrance ramp beginning Friday, Nov. 8 at 5 a.m., according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Motorists should follow ..... 
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Utility investigation work for Winona Bridge project began Oct. 29

Wed, Oct 30th, 2013
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Transportation began utility pothole investigation work for the Winona Bridge project on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The utility pothole investigation will cause temporary sidewalk and parking disturbances a ..... 
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