Items Tagged ‘health insurance’

January 4, 2013

Iowans Rail at Wellmark Premium Proposal

By Logan Lafferty Logan Lafferty (@loganlafferty)

Scores of Iowans have written to the state health insurance commissioner, pleading that she decline to let Iowa’s dominant health insurer raise their premiums again…Jackson also noted that many Iowans continue to go to the Mayo Clinic for relatively routine care. Mayo treatment routinely costs Wellmark twice as much as the same treatment in Iowa, […]

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Tags: Des Moines Register, health insurance, Wellmark


August 2, 2012

Shands Consolidates Clinics for Uninsured; Could Save $20M

By Mystery User

Shands  Jacksonville could save up to $20 million by treating all of the city’s uninsured patients in one clinic on its Springfield campus. Shands has a $23.7 million annual contract with the city to provide care for the uninsured who are eligible for city assistance, which fluctuates between 7,500 and 10,000 people throughout the year. […]

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Tags: Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Brian Klepper, city assistance, health insurance, Jacksonville Business Journal, Jim Burkhart, Shands


July 23, 2012

Watson’s Next Test: Health Care

By Mystery User

Now, the Minnesota-made computer system is moving into real-world business applications, and the state’s health care industry is looking for ways to tap in…While IBM hasn’t announced Watson collaborations with any Minnesota health care organizations, it has had “conversations with most of the major players in town,” said IBM’s Barry Mason, vice president of global […]

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Tags: Barry Mason, health insurance, IBM, Optum, Star Tribune


July 5, 2012

Uncompensated Care Costs on the Rise in Minnesota

By Mystery User

Uncompensated care costs continue to rise in Minnesota, leaving hospitals stuck with the bill. Officials say the problem deals with uninsured and underinsured patients. In fact, uncompensated care rose 27 percent in the state from 2010 to 2011. Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato says they dealt with $71 million worth of uncompensated care last year […]

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Tags: health insurance, Kevin Burns, Mayo Clinic Health System


June 4, 2012

Looming Court Ruling Worries Some With Health Woes

By Mystery User

Texan Sam Lovett had no health insurance in August 2010 when an emergency hospital stay brought the news from his doctors that his liver was failing and he could die within less than a year without a transplant… Lovett was able to enroll in the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). The program was created by […]

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Tags: Barack Obama, health insurance, liver transplant, Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, Reuters


May 10, 2012

Complicated Care: Father of Child With Rare Condition Shares Health Care Frustrations

By Mystery User

The decisions that impact your health care and pocketbook are so important, but many times, those decisions are not simple ones. The health care industry is complicated.  The bills can be overwhelming and so can the process of understanding how those bills or claims are handled…Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire processes 1.3 million claims […]

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Tags: Health Care, health insurance, Lisa Dachel, WOOW Eau Claire


May 1, 2012

In Fight Over Obama Health Law, a Front in Minnesota

By Mystery User

With zeal, excitement and a meticulous attention to detail, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to expand health insurance coverage and remake Minnesota’s insurance market along the lines envisioned by President Obama…Minnesota starts from an enviable position, with 91 percent of its population having health insurance — more than all but three or […]

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Tags: health insurance


May 1, 2012

In Fight Over Obama Health Law, a Front in Minnesota

By Mystery User

With zeal, excitement and a meticulous attention to detail, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to expand health insurance coverage and remake Minnesota’s insurance market along the lines envisioned by President Obama…Minnesota starts from an enviable position, with 91 percent of its population having health insurance — more than all but three or […]

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Tags: health insurance, Mark Dayton, NY Times, President Obama


March 28, 2012

Patients, Like Nation, Are Divided Over Health Care

By Mystery User

The future of the Affordable Care Act hangs on arguments this week at the U.S. Supreme Court. The nine justices likely will hand down a decision by early summer.…Mayo Clinic took the unprecedented step of working to influence policy makers during the lead-up to the vote that passed the Affordable Care Act. The Mayo Health […]

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Tags: Affordable care act, health insurance, Mayo Health Policy Center


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