HEALTH INSURANCE

Healthcare clinic helps curb medical costs with affordable visits

The Convenient Care Clinic charges patients a $40 flat rate per appointment for people who may be under insured, uninsured or those who might not qualify for medical assistance.

WEST FARGO, N.D. (KVRR) — A health clinic in West Fargo is aiming to reach more people in the community by offering affordable healthcare. After becoming a family nurse practitioner 16 years ago and seeing the high cost of medical bills, Susan Nordquist wanted to help people faced with medical hardships. “What our goal is, is to make a difference…

Diabetes advocates propose bill to help cap insulin costs

The proposed bill would place a $25 cap on out of pocket diabetic medical costs

NORTH DAKOTA — People in North Dakota are trying to get legislature attention for a bill that would decrease the cost of insulin. The proposed bill would help by placing a cap of $25 on insulin charges for those in need of the medication. Outlined in the proposal the cost would only cover those with North Dakota insurance plans. Other…

Sanford Health Plan Offers Ways To Manage Health Insurance After Job Loss Or Transition

They say during these difficult times it is especially important to know what are your options.

FARGO, N.D.- The first thing they want you to look at is if there are any options to continue the insurance with your past employer. Another possibility is seeing if COBRA coverage is an option. That is something the government requires employers to offer after someone’s laid off or terminated from the job. “The Pros of that are that a…

MNsure Rates to Hold Steady in 2020, Show Market Stability

State Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley says the rate changes show Minnesota's individual health insurance market has stabilized.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesotans who buy health plans through the state-run health insurance exchange or directly from health insurers will see average premiums hold steady or decline next year. The Minnesota Department of Commerce also released data Tuesday that shows most people covered through a small business health plan will see average premium increases of 2% to 4%. State…

Judge Ruling Obamacare Unconstitutional Won’t Affect 2019 Coverage ND Insurance Commissioner Says

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota’s Insurance Commissioner says a controversial court ruling against the Affordable Care Act won’t impact your health insurance next year. A Texas judge ruled the Obamacare unconstitutional on Friday. Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread visited KVRR to talk about the impact of the ruling. He says if you bought insurance through the ACA, you won’t have to…

North Dakota to Pay $3 Million for Voluntary Buyouts

Gov. Burgum said the buyouts might limit the need for layoffs

  BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota will pay about $3 million to 158 employees approved for voluntary buyouts. In April, Gov. Burgum gave 17 agency heads the option to offer buyouts to employees. He said the buyouts might limit the need for layoffs. At least 200 people applied for the buyouts, but it was up to the agencies to determine…

Gov. Dayton Skeptical on Republican Plan for Lower Health Insurance in Minnesota

The bill creates a reinsurance program to help insurance companies cover expensive medical claims

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Democratic Gov. Dayton says he has concerns about a $542 million Republican plan to lower health insurance costs for Minnesotans but he won’t veto it. Dayton says he’ll let the plan become law without his signature. The bill creates a reinsurance program to help insurance companies cover expensive medical claims. Republicans who support the bill…

MNsure Hits Record Enrollment for 2017

Minnesota lawmakers used $312 million in rainy day funds to buy down monthly rates for shoppers who don't get federal subsidies

MINNESOTA — Rising health insurance premiums and Minnesota’s financial help program have driven record enrollment on the state’s health exchange. Officials at MNsure say they signed up more than 117,500 people during 2017’s open enrollment period. That’s up by more than a third from last year. The spike in insurance signups comes amid uncertainty at the federal level and the…