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Medicaid enrollment moves slowly in ND

October 1, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — Officials with the North Dakota Department of Human Services told lawmakers Wednesday they expect to have enrolled most if not all of the individuals they estimated would be eligible for the state’s Medicaid expansion by the end of the…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Minnesota DFLers plan legislative response to Hobby Lobby ruling

July 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

DULUTH, Minn. — Minnesota DFLers unveiled plans Wednesday to introduce a bill that would require most employers’ insurance plans to pick up the tab for employees’ birth control.
During a visit to Duluth on Wednesday afternoon, House Majority L…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

AG: Some health insurance plans fail to comply with federal law

July 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion Friday concluding that some plans offered by two major health insurers likely fail to comply with federal law by excluding coverage for residential treatment of adults for s…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

AG: Some health insurance plans fail to comply with federal law

July 25, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued an opinion Friday concluding that some plans offered by two major health insurers likely fail to comply with federal law by excluding coverage for residential treatment of adults for s…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Private insurance coverage up 10 percent in ND since before ACA

July 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — Private insurance coverage has increased by more than 10 percent in North Dakota since before passage of the federal Affordable Care Act, an Insurance Department official reported Wednesday in the first such measure of the controversial …continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Thune applauds ruling on women’s contraception

June 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — South Dakota Republicans say they’re pleased with a Supreme Court decision that says for-profit businesses can hold religious views under federal law.

But state Democratic Party Chairwoman Deb Knecht says the decision will m…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

A tale of two health care exchanges

June 29, 2014 in Uncategorized

ST. PAUL — A year ago, Minnesota and Maryland were at a similar place in developing new websites for their health insurance exchanges.

Both states were using a similar group of information technology vendors, and Minnesota and Maryland were help…continue reading on dglobe.com

There’s an app for health care: Website developer invents Medytex

June 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — It started as an idea for an app that could give instant feedback to restaurants. Now, it seeks to make health care better and more affordable.
Medytex is the most recent addition to the Technology Incubator at the North Dakota State Unive…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Gap in addiction treatment from ‘essential benefits’ standard

June 14, 2014 in Uncategorized

FARGO — There’s an unintended gap in adult residential treatment for addictions because of North Dakota’s selection of the basic “essential services” coverage under the Affordable Care Act, service providers and mental health advocates say….continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

Avera lands Medicare long-term care grant

May 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

A federal Medicare grant to the Avera system will provide better care to residents in long-term care, officials said Friday.

The $8.8 million Health Care Innovation award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center will…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com