HEALTH CARE

MN health plans to waive COVID-19-related expenses during pandemic

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota health plans agree to waive Covid-19 related expenses until May 31st. Those with commercial insurance, including individuals, small businesses and some large businesses will have no cost-sharing charges for Coronavirus testing or in network hospitalization. Health plans that have committed to waiving Covid-19 costs are Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners, Medica, Preferred…

Sanford Health Offers Hospice Care At Broadway Medical Center

The program also supports services including social work, spiritual care and volunteer support.

FARGO, N.D. — The Sanford Broadway Medical Center cut the ribbon on the newest section of the hospital. The Sanford Fargo Hospice House opened its doors on the second floor. It will offer services that go beyond its patient services. The new hospice will allow families and patients to experience end of life care in the comforts of staying in…

Republican Candidate Dave Hughes Meets With Supporters In Moorhead

Hughes, who is running to represent Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, hosted a meet and greet to discuss plans if elected

MOORHEAD, Minn.- Hughes spoke about issues like immigration, health-care and the 2nd amendment. He says what makes him stand out from other candidates is having served in the Air Force for 21 years, and having been able to work with people from other countries. Hughes also spoke about the need to have more open foreign markets. “If I’m elected for…

Minnesota Retail Pharmacies to Close as Industry Shrinks

About 300 workers will lose their jobs.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–Minnesota health care provider HealthPartner says it will close 30 of its retail pharmacies next year amid a broader shrinking of the industry. About 300 workers will lose their jobs as a result of the closures. The company, which sells health insurance and also runs hospitals and clinics, declined to comment to the radio station. The retail pharmacy…

MNsure Sees Record Number of Sign Ups

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – MNsure reaches a record number of sign ups of more than 123,334 in its sixth enrollment period. The exchange says 57 percent of households qualified for advanced premium tax credits averaging $5,520 a year. “Lower premiums, an extended open enrollment period, and a robust outreach program all contributed to our success this year. These advantages have helped ensure…

Cramer, Heitkamp Go Head-to-Head in First Debate in Bismarck

The two candidates went back and forth on major key issues

BISMARCK, N.D. — With the eyes of the nation looking on, Senator Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer went toe–to–toe on the debate stage for the first time. After being clouded in controversy over her campaign team printing the names of sexual assault victims without their permission, Senator Heitkamp started the night with an apology. “This is a terrible mistake and…

North Dakotans go to Washington to ask Sen. Heitkamp and Sen. Hoeven to Protect Obamacare

WASHINGTON – North Dakota families travel to Washington, D.C. to urge Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp to protect the Affordable Care Act. Melissa Schroeder maxes out on her health insurance every year. Her son Tyler has a form of congenital heart disease and caring for his needs costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. “This is all just maintaining his health…

Trump Supporters, Protesters Verbally Clash Outside Scheels Arena

The two groups chanted at each other with police separating them

FARGO, N.D. — While President Trump spoke inside Scheels Arena, several Trump supporters and protesters went head to head outside the arena. The two groups exchanged chants and barbs about topics ranging from Trump’s proposed border wall to his treatment of families detained on the border. Protesters set up outside the Cash Wise in West Fargo around 4:00 in the afternoon,…

Minnesota Lawmakers Have One Week To Finish Up Session Work

Lawmakers could leave the Capitol without passing another bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Just like they started the session, Minnesota’s Legislature is entering the homestretch with a long to-do list. But now they have just over a week to finish it. Republicans who control the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton are at odds on how to restructure Minnesota’s tax code, how to change health care programs and whether to…

MN Department of Health: Over 100,000 More Have No Health Insurance

The Dept. of Health says that in the last two years, 116,000 more Minnesotans have no health insurance

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The number of people without health insurance in Minnesota jumped by 116,000 in the past two years. The Minnesota Department of Health says the uninsured rate rose to 6.3 percent last year, up from 4.3 percent in 2015. Around 349,000 Minnesotans don’t have coverage. Governor Dayton issued a statement that said:  “This report shows that the…