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Reminder: Health coverage required by March 31 to avoid penalty


Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The final deadline to enroll in health insurance inside or outside of MNsure is March 31 for coverage that begins May 1, 2014, and missing that deadline could mean paying a penalty. The penalty for 2014 is 1 percent of total household income or $95, whichever is greater.

“With the March 31 deadline to enroll in health coverage rapidly approaching, I want to remind Minnesotans without health coverage to visit MNsure.org and enroll to avoid paying a tax penalty,” said MNsure interim CEO Scott Leitz. “Consumers could pay 1 percent of their total taxable income or $95, whichever is greater—and that penalty will increase from year to year. I urge Minnesotans to know the facts and to get covered before March 31.”

The penalty for 2014 is determined by using the greater amount of either:

•1 percent of your yearly household income. Only the amount of income above the tax filing threshold, for example $10,150 for an individual, is used to calculate the penalty. For example, an individual whose total taxable income is $50,000 will pay a $400 penalty if they do not enroll in health insurance coverage by March 31.

Or;

•$95 per person for the year ($47.50 per child under the age of 18), up to a maximum of $285 for a family in 2014.

The penalty is sometimes referred to as a “fine,” an “individual responsibility payment” or an “individual mandate.” All of these terms refer to the same thing.

The next open enrollment period begins on November 15, 2014.

More information about MNsure and the health care mandate can be found on the MNsure website at this link: https://www.mnsure.org/individual-family/mandate/.

Public Assistance Fraud Program producing staggering numbers

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

In June of 2013, Social Service directors and the sheriffs from Goodhue, Winona, Fillmore, Houston and Wabasha got together to come up with a new plan for working welfare fraud cases in those counties. For the last 10 years, one civilian had been w ..... 
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Celebrate National Volunteer Month by donating blood and helping to save lives

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Potentially lifesaving blood donations can only come from generous volunteers. This April, during National Volunteer Month, the American Red Cross invites eligible donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and help meet the constant need for don ..... 
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Celebrate Red Cross Month by getting involved

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites everyone to make a difference in their communities by giving blood, volunteering, taking a class or making a financial donation. Those supporters enable the Red Cross to cont ..... 
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MNsure tops 113,000 enrollees

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST.PAUL, Minn.—MNsure announced more than 113,000 Minnesotans have enrolled in comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage through the state’s new health insurance marketplace. “More and more Minnesotans continue to secure health ins ..... 
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New MNsure ad highlights March 31 deadline to enroll

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — MNsure announced today an addition to their television campaign that highlights the March 31 deadline to enroll in a qualified health plan. More than 115,000 Minnesotans have enrolled through MNsure to find comprehensive, afforda ..... 
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Eastern two-thirds of Minnesota placed under air pollution health alert

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

St. Paul, Minn.-- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has upgraded the severity and geographic range of the air pollution health advisory issued yesterday. The agency has now placed the eastern two-thirds of Minnesota under an air pollution ..... 
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Free women’s health seminar to be held at Mabel Community Center

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

As a woman, are you searching for more information about your unique health care needs? Are you interested in improving your quality of life in the new year? To learn more about specific women’s health issues and solutions, plan to attend the free ..... 
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Fillmore-Houston Community Health Service receives UCare Fund Grant

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

MINNEAPOLIS – UCare’s UCare Fund awarded a $25,000 grant in late 2013 to Fillmore-Houston Community Health Service in Caledonia, Minn. to support a program working to reduce obesity among youth in Fillmore and Houston counties. The Health Servic ..... 
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