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Key dates for new MNsure health insurance options


Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

As of October 1, Minnesotans have a new resource to find health insurance coverage that fits their needs and budget. MNsure is a marketplace where individuals, families and small businesses can find, compare, choose and get quality health care coverage. MNsure plans will offer health insurance coverage beginning January 1 and individuals, families, and small businesses have until March 31 to enroll in plans for 2014. Trained specialists are available at 1-855-3MNSURE to answer any questions about MNsure.

For Minnesotans who are looking for better coverage options, MNsure provides a one-stop shopping experience to search a broad range of plans from well-known insurance companies. Minnesotans who have affordable coverage through an employer or are covered by Medicare will continue with their current coverage and won’t use MNsure.

At MNsure, Minnesotans can answer basic questions on one application to find out if they qualify for a low cost or free plan such as Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care, or if they qualify for federal tax credits that lower the cost of health insurance. Then they can then enroll in their health plan of choice. The information on the website describes each option in plain language and allows side-by-side comparisons.

Until MNsure, many Minnesotans have struggled with getting health insurance that works for them—especially retirees and people who have a history of health problems. MNsure will provide real relief to these individuals and families. In MNsure plans, there are no longer exclusions or waiting periods for individuals with pre-existing health conditions. Individuals can no longer be denied coverage or be charged a higher premium for coverage based on their medical history. Plans also will not have annual or lifetime limits on coverage.

Every MNsure plan will cover essential health benefits including preventive services like mammograms and colonoscopies. Hospitalization, emergency services, prescription drugs, laboratory services, and mental/behavioral health services are also included. For women, all plans will cover maternity care with no waiting periods. Children will receive oral and vision care.

MNsure plans also provide flexibility, choice, and cost control for small businesses. Small businesses with 2-50 employees can participate in MNsure if they offer coverage to all full-time employees. The business can choose how much they want to cont .....
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Harmony bloodmobile collects 36 units

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on September 24, 2013, succeeded in collecting 36 units of blood. This number was achieved by several donors giving two units, as there were only 35 donors who presented, and several deferrals. Congratulations to thes ..... 
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WMC offers siblings class to new families

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

A new baby in the house can be difficult for older brothers and sisters. To help families prepare for the addition of a new member, Winneshiek Medical Center is offering a Siblings Class, led by the WMC OB Nurse Coordinator, Carol Voss, RN, BSN, and ..... 
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Rural clinics - where you’re family

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

Nichole Halverson returned from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, only to find herself feeling ill. She called the Mabel Clinic for an appointment. “I thought of Kirsten right away, and got an appointment with her for that very morning! ..... 
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Pheasants Forever offering first ‘Hunting for a Cure’

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

AUSTIN, Minn. – Pheasant hunters will come together in early October for a new fundraiser in LeRoy, Minn. to raise support for The Hormel Institute’s world-renowned breast cancer research. Mower County Pheasants Forever, of Austin, and the Tri ..... 
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Help meet local flu reduction goals - get a flu vaccination!

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that anyone over the age of six months obtain a seasonal flu vaccine each year as soon as it offered. This is especially true for people with health conditions or their care givers. Accordi ..... 
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One-of-a-kind Minnesota nursing home payment program promotes overall quality

Mon, Sep 16th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

A one-of-a-kind Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) program that provides nursing homes additional payment for quality improvement projects shows promise for encouraging overall nursing home quality improvement, according to a study publishe ..... 
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Bloodmobile in Harmony on September 24

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

Harmony will be hosting a bloodmobile at the Harmony Community Center from 1-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. All donors will be required to provide identification before donating, so please remember your donor card or driver’s license. T ..... 
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MNsure Offers Low Rates and Help Paying for Health Insurance

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn.—MNsure announced today that consumers can expect competitive rates and an array of quality coverage options through MNsure, Minnesota’s new health insurance marketplace. Premiums for plans on MNsure are some of the lowest in the c ..... 
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