HEALTH CARE

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…

Leaders Say Minnesota Making Progress in Resolving Healthcare Complaints

There are now 700 open cases compared to 3100 six weeks ago

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Health officials say Minnesota has made great progress in reducing a large backlog of unresolved complaints at senior care facilities. The state Health Department has reduced the number of unresolved maltreatment cases by nearly 80 percent in the last six weeks. There are now just over 700 cases, down from more than 3,100. Allegations include neglect,…

Despite the Holiday, Many Still Working Throughout the Region

Many say they don't mind working the holiday because they get to bring cheer to others

FARGO, ND — Although many places are closed, there are still some people in the valley working on Christmas. Whether it’s bringing food to the table, health care, emergency services or working as a cashier at Walgreens, there are people all throughout the metro who have given up their holiday to give back to the community. There are some families…

National and Local Advocates of Planned Parenthood Host Progress on the Prairie Event

Defunding programs and removing access could change the future of millions

FARGO, ND — Advocates of Planned Parenthood gathered downtown to show their support for the organization at their annual Progress on the Prairie event. Former Senator Olympia Snowe says possible changes to Planned Parenthood from the new administration could affect thousands. “‘Where will I get my birth control if you’re not here? What happens if you close your doors?’” asked…

President Trump Signs Executive Order Making Low-Premium Health Insurance Plans More Available

But the changes Mr. Trump hopes to bring about could take months or even longer

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump predicts “millions and millions of people” will benefit from his action to unwind the health care law. He’s signed an executive order to make lower-premium plans more widely available. But the changes Mr. Trump hopes to bring about could take months or even longer. The proposals may not be finalized in time to affect…