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Minnesotans save more than $30M on health insurance premiums in 2014 Savings comes from Advanced Premium Tax Credits, only available through MNsure


Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn.— MNsure announced Minnesotans enrolled in qualified health plans through the state marketplace saved $30,958,984.87 in health insurance premiums in 2014. The savings comes from federal Advanced Premium Tax Credits (APTC), available only through MNsure.

“MNsure is the only place you can go to get financial help for your health insurance premium cost,” said CEO Scott Leitz. “We’ve been saying that for months, but today we’re really able to show just how much money Minnesotans are saving. I think the figure really speaks for itself.”

On average, about 40 percent of people who enrolled in a qualified health plan through MNsure in 2014 received an APTC. The average tax credit received was $185.48 per person, which comes to an annual savings of $2,225 per person. Households with multiple people insured through MNsure saw even greater savings.

An individual earning up to $46,680/year, or a family of four earning up to $95,400/year would likely qualify for some form of financial help, available only through MNsure.

“If your income or your family’s income falls within that threshold, and you don’t get health insurance through an employer, you are literally leaving money on the table if you purchase health insurance anywhere else,” said Leitz. “There is still time to see if you qualify for financial help. Open enrollment ends February 15.”

2014 APTC information is based off effectuated data reported to MNsure by each of the five health insurance carriers that offered health insurance plans in 2014: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners, PreferredOne, UCare and Medica.

Open enrollment for 2015 coverage began November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015. Minnesotans eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare can enroll year round. As of May 2014, 95 percent of Minnesotans have health coverage – the highest percentage in state history.

Gundersen Health Plan, Unity Health Plans Insurance Explore New Partnership Organizations sign letter of intent to consider combining businesses

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ONALASKA, WIS. - Gundersen Health Plan and Unity Health Plans Insurance Corporation announce today the signing of a non-binding letter of intent to explore a new partnership that will benefit both organizations. Gundersen Health Plan, a subsidiary ..... 
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National 2-1-1 Day is Feb. 11 Great Rivers 2-1-1 provides reliable resource for wide variety of topics

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Great Rivers 2-1-1, your local information, referral and crisis line, has been active in the community for more than 35 years and continues to be a valuable resource for the public to use. Their database has more than 3,000 agencies listed and is up ..... 
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Minnesota’s smoking rate falls to 14.4 percent Majority of Minnesotans who quit smoking say cigarette tax helped them

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Findings from the latest Minnesota Adult Tobacco Survey (MATS) show that Minnesota is continuing to make progress in reducing tobacco use. Minnesota’s adult smoking rate has declined to 14.4 percent, the lowest rate ever recorded in the state and ..... 
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Winter wonderland shoveling Winneshiek Medical Center offers tips on how to avoid injury

Mon, Feb 9th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

“Waking up to a winter wonderland can be a dream come true, but cleaning up after one can be very physically challenging,” says Ryan Burras, DPT, physical therapist at Winneshiek Medical Center. To help kids and adults alike avoid injury while s ..... 
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Klobuchar renews efforts to lower prescription drug prices for seniors

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today re-introduced legislation to help lower prescription drug prices for seniors. The bill—the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act—would empower Medicare to negotiate for the best po ..... 
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Protect yourself from the flu with three Cs Cover your cough, Clean your hands, Contain your germs

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

“Winneshiek Medical Center cares about the health and well-being of our community,” says Winneshiek Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer, Robert Flinchbaugh, D.O. “It’s important to remind our patients, family, friends and neighbors abou ..... 
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Stay safe in bitter cold weather

By Andy Goodner

Mon, Jan 12th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

With this week’s cold winter blast, Winneshiek Medical Center wants to remind those heading outdoors that frostbite can occur within a short amount of time. If your fingers, nose or toes start to hurt or have a prickling feeling, it’s a warn ..... 
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Red Cross offers safety tips as arctic blast hits Minnesota

Mon, Jan 5th, 2015
Posted in All Health & Wellness

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.- (December 29, 2014) Bitter arctic air will put millions of Minnesotans in a deep chill overnight with temperatures 25-30 degrees below zero. The American Red Cross recommends the following tips to stay safe during the deep fre ..... 
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