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ST. PAUL — Minnesota is getting nearly $18 million over the next two years to address the state's growing opioid crisis. The two-year federal grant, announced Tuesday, Oct. 9, by the state Department of Human Services, will be used to support treatment, emergency overdose antidotes like naloxone, and the training and recruitment of more medical and mental health staff.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. — The Rosemount educator who suggested on social media that someone should assassinate newly sworn in U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has resigned.
ST. PAUL — As many as 300,000 Minnesota seniors have some potentially confusing health insurance shopping to do this fall. Their Medicare Cost plans, offered by private insurers to limit out-of-pocket expenses, will no longer be available after this year and they need to sign up for something else. The change comes after an update in federal law to phase out cost plans because they are more expensive to administer.
ST. PAUL -- Two Twin Cities chiropractors will spend years in prison for separate multi-million dollar insurance fraud schemes. The Minnesota Commerce Department announced Tuesday, Oct. 2, that Adam John Burke, 34, of Minneapolis, received a 90-month prison term and Preston Ellard Forthun, 40, of Bloomington, was sentenced to 60 months.
ST. PAUL — Health insurance rates on Minnesota's individual market will drop for a second straight year in 2019, but the progress toward better affordability could be short-lived. "I think we need a plan," Jessica Looman, state commerce commissioner, said Tuesday, Oct. 2, when she announced premiums would decrease on average between 7 percent and 27.7 percent. "I think we need to look at what we are going to do moving forward."
ST. PAUL — Union workers, business leaders and political activists all do it — pool money to influence votes. In what's shaping up to be the most closely watched election in recent memory, the majority of campaign spending likely won't come from the candidates seeking office or their political parties, but from outside special-interests groups.
WOODBURY, Minn.—Minnesota's leading candidates for governor are split on whether the state needs a new source of revenue to combat the opioid crisis. Speaking at an opioid summit at Woodbury Lutheran Church Friday, Democrat Tim Walz said he backs a surcharge on opioid prescriptions to fund prevention and recovery efforts. Walz said drug companies need to be part of the effort to curb addiction to their products. "There is no one easy fix to this crisis," Walz said. "But there is a public commitment to getting it right."
ST. PAUL — Two hotly contested primaries didn't do too much damage to the bank accounts of Minnesota's leading candidates for governor. With a little more than a month until the Nov. 6 election, Republican Jeff Johnson and Democrat Tim Walz are well positioned with each having over a million dollars on hand to spend. Of course, the candidates will raise even more down the homestretch, and outside money will likely pour into the race before Election Day.
ST. PAUL — The opioid crisis has gotten so bad that some employers are struggling to find sober workers. "The drug-testing challenge is a significant one for hiring," said Charlie Weaver, executive director of the Minnesota Business Partnership, an organization of 120 CEOs from companies that employ about 400,000 Minnesotans. Weaver and the state Department of Health announced a partnership Tuesday, Sept. 18, to create an opioid toolkit for employers to help workers struggling with addiction.
ST. PAUL — New data from the U.S. Census Bureau contain good news for Minnesota workers, especially those in black and Hispanic households. Median earnings for black households rose for the third consecutive year in 2017, beginning to remedy one of the state's most troubling racial disparities. The median income for black households was $38,147 last year, the census bureau reported, up from $27,985 in 2014, when inflation is taken into account.