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ND Insurance Commissioner Not Allowing Rate Increases Under Affordable Care Act

He said the issue is between insurance carriers and the federal government, and it's his duty to look out for consumers

  BISMARCK, ND — North Dakota’s Insurance Commissioner will deny any additional rate increases under Obamacare. Jon Godfread says President Trump’s plan to halt payments to insurers could potentially raise health insurance costs another 10 percent for up to 42,000 North Dakotans. He said the issue is between insurance carriers and the federal government, and it’s his duty to look…

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…

Cigna Announcing They Won’t be Covering OxyContin Beginning in 2018

OxyContin is the branded version of the painkiller, Oxycodone

  NATIONAL — One of the largest health insurers in the country is announcing they will no longer cover OxyContin beginning in 2018. Cigna officials say they are working to curb opioid abuse and with overdose rates continuing to climb, they want to help in the fight. OxyContin is the branded version of the painkiller, Oxycodone. Cigna officials say they…

Democrats Discuss the Consequences of the Graham Cassidy Health Care Bill

They said it was being pushed through the Senate without proper hearings and input from people directly impacted

FARGO, ND — The latest Republican effort to get rid of Obamacare has failed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says lawmakers will instead turn their attention to tax reform. Before the news broke, different organizations voiced their concerns with the bill in Fargo. They said it was being pushed through the Senate without proper hearings and input from people directly…

New GOP Health Care Proposal Could Mean $1 Billion Loss in North Dakota Federal Funding

The bill would shift health care money and power from Washington to states

  NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota could lose $1 billion in federal funding for health insurance over seven years. That is the finding of a report on the new Republican bill in Congress to replace Obamacare. The bill would shift health care money and power from Washington to states. President Trump and Republican Senate leaders are trying to rally 50…

MNsure Extends Open Enrollment Period

Signups for shoppers to buy coverage for 2018 on their own begins November 1

  MINNESOTA — Minnesota’s health insurance exchange is extending this year’s open enrollment period. Signups for shoppers to buy coverage for 2018 on their own begins November 1. President Trump’s administration shortened the open enrollment period to last just six weeks and end December 15. But MNsure has announced that it has secured an extension to allow signups to continue…

Health Insurance for Some Minnesotans on the Rise

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own may see slight premium hikes or even some price drops next year. State regulators announced preliminary rates for next year that range from a 15 percent decrease to an 11 percent bump compared to premiums in 2017. Those rates vary widely by insurer and may change by…

Senator Heitkamp Speaks Out on Health Care Vote

Heitkamp posted videos online of North Dakotans against the Republican health care bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Minnesota Senators Al Fraken and Amy Klobuchar and North Dakota’s Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp voted against the procedural motion. Republican Senator John Hoeven voted for it saying “we will continue working to put in place a suitable replacement”. Heitkamp posted videos online of North Dakotans against the Republican health care bill, including a West Fargo woman…

Blue Cross-Blue Shield Minnesota Drops Children’s Minnesota Hospital System

Parents of these and other delicate patients cringe at the thought of finding new doctors, now that the contract between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has expired. KMSP Fox 9's Leah Beno Reports from Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The dispute between Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Minnesota and Children’s Minnesota hospital systems has quickly become a blame game. Caught in the middle are the patients and their families, wondering if they will have to sacrifice more out of pocket expense when it comes to taking care of their loved ones. Among the specialties provided inside Children’s…

Deal Negotiations Fail Between BCBS Minnesota and Children’s Minnesota

Company officials on both sides say they are committed to working on a solution

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A failed deadline between a Minnesota health insurance company and the state’s largest pediatric hospital system could mean higher rates for 66,000 patients. Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Minnesota and Children’s Minnesota could not reach a deal on making the hospital system an out-of-network provider for BCBS Minnesota patients. While this doesn’t stop patients from seeking care at…