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HHS to Reduce Premiums, Make it Easier for Minnesota Residents with Pre-Existing Conditions to Get Health Insurance


Wed, Jun 1st, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced new steps to reduce premiums and make it easier for Americans to enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) in Minnesota. PCIP is a new program created by the Affordable Care Act to help uninsured people with a pre-existing condition get high quality care at affordable prices and serves as a bridge to 2014 when insurers will no longer be allowed to deny coverage to people with any pre-existing condition, like cancer, diabetes, and asthma.

"The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan changes lives, and in many cases, literally saves lives," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "We need to reach more people and these changes help us do that."

Premium prices in Minnesota for PCIP dropped by 38.3%. Now a 50 year old in Minnesota can get comprehensive health coverage for as low as $221 per month. These new, reduced premiums take effect July 1, 2011.

Not only has PCIP coverage become even more affordable, but enrolling is even easier. Starting July 1, 2011, residents of Minnesota applying for coverage in the Federally-administered PCIP can prove their pre-existing condition simply by providing a letter from a doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner dated within the past 12 months stating that they have or, at any time in the past, had a medical condition, disability, or illness. This option became available to children under age 19 in February, and we are extending this pathway to all applicants regardless of age. Applicants will no longer have to wait on an insurance company to send them a denial letter. Applicants will still need to meet other eligibility criteria.

"These changes will get more Minnesotans covered," said Steven Larsen, the Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight. "We're encouraged by recent increases in enrollment and we're excited to build on these efforts and reach even more people."

PCIP provides comprehensive health coverage, including primary and specialty care, hospital care, prescription drugs, home health and hospice care, skilled nursing care and preventive health and

maternity care. It limits annual out-of-pocket spending and does not carve out benefits the people need. Minnesotans enrolled in PCIP have access to a provider network that includes 22,264 physicians, 1,120 pharmacies and 129 hospitals throughout the State.

To qualify for this program, a p .....
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Pedaling across Minnesota Bluff Country Bike MS TRAM 2011, a worthy cause

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

It is time! If you want to help multiple sclerosis research and support people with MS and have fun doing it, it is time to get into training and join the adventure. TRAM 2011 from July 24-29, a five day cycling vacation, is to be routed through the ..... 
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Innovative public-private partnership helps Minnesota schools tackle childhood obesity through changes in the cafeteria

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and seven public and private partners are collaborating to bring more nutritious, kid-friendly foods into school cafeterias across the state. The Great Trays Partnership, funded by a $2.3 million grant from th ..... 
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Public advised to stop using some skin-lightening products after testing reveals that they may contain mercury

Wed, May 25th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is advising state residents to stop using some types of skin-lightening products, after testing revealed that they may contain dangerous levels of mercury.

The implicated products were sold as skin-lig ..... 
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Health officials alert salon owners about hair-smoothing products that contain formaldehyde

Wed, Apr 20th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health today are warning hair salon owners and their customers about certain hair-smoothing products-sometimes referred to as keratin treatments-that may contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde can presen ..... 
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Teal ribbons

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Sexual Violence is when sexual behaviors and comments are unwanted. 

When sexual behavior is not consensual, is forced or is coerced, it may be a crime. These crimes includ ..... 
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Report: Affordable Care Act controls costs for early retiree coverage in Minnesota

Wed, Mar 2nd, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness



State and local governments, private employers in Minnesota receive $4,243,495 in 2010

to help protect coverage for retired Americans

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today released a new report showing tha ..... 
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Project Fit Families, Pursuing a Dream

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Melinda Coscarelli Lutes, Harmony, is on her way to fulfilling her dream. She has established a non-profit organization "Project Fit Families." The immediate goal is to educate children about physical fitness and healthy living.

During her ..... 
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Project Fit Families, Pursuing a Dream

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Health & Wellness

Melinda Coscarelli Lutes, Harmony, is on her way to fulfilling her dream. She has established a non-profit organization "Project Fit Families." The immediate goal is to educate children about physical fitness and healthy living.

During her ..... 
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