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January 4, 2016
'Grandfathered' health plans draw mixed reviews
FARGO—After Katie and Patrick Lamb had their second child a few months ago, the Fargo couple began looking for a birth control option through their health insurance plan. She assumed that with passage of the Affordable Care Act, contraception would be covered by insurance....
January 4, 2016 - 7:20am
North Dakota has 4,357 sign up for health insurance
BISMARCK -- In North Dakota, 4,357 people have signed up so far through the federal marketplace for health insurance next year, according to numbers released this week by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The open enrollment period ends Jan. 31, but people who want...
December 4, 2015 - 8:50am
August 18, 2015
Expanded Medicaid is working in North Dakota
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who was among a handful of Republican governors to sign on to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, did the right thing. He took a lot of political heat from his own party, but resisted. He not only was right at the time, he since...
August 18, 2015 - 8:02am
June 20, 2015
Rate increases proposed by insurers for 2016
GRAND FORKS -- Some of the biggest insurance companies in North Dakota and Minnesota have proposed double-digit rate increases for premiums on plans purchased outside of the workplace, a trend one official said has to do with higher health care costs. Blue Cross Blue Shield, the...
June 20, 2015 - 8:27am
June 8, 2015
Blue Cross Blue Shield may have worked against competition
FARGO—The Red River is a border the Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in North Dakota and Minnesota agree not to cross in selling health insurance to customers. Those exclusive territorial agreements form a hallmark of Blue Cross Blue Shield plans nationwide—which...
June 8, 2015 - 6:52am
May 19, 2015
Health insurance another test for some college grads
DULUTH, Minn. -- As students graduate from college, they might need one more crash course: Health insurance 101. "It's worth it to think about...
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May 19, 2015 - 8:53am
May 5, 2015
JPS health insurance premium could
By Chris Olson The Jamestown Sun If no changes are made to the Jamestown Public School District’s health insurance coverage for its employees, the cost for coverage to the district could increase in a worst-case scenario by more than $900,000. The Jamestown School Board reviewed...
May 5, 2015 - 7:28am
March 27, 2015
House passes bill that could spoil health insurance deal
N.D. House passes bill concerning Sanford Health.
March 27, 2015 - 6:51am
March 11, 2015
North Dakota residents sign up for health care
BISMARCK — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported that 18,171 North Dakota residents selected health insurance plans for this year in the federal marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. The number, announced Tuesday, was through Feb. 22. The report shows...
March 11, 2015 - 7:17am
18,000 North Dakota residents signup for health insurance
BISMARCK -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has reported that 18,171 North Dakota residents selected health insurance plans for this year in the federal marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. The number, announced Tuesday, was through Feb. 22. The report...
March 11, 2015 - 7:09am
Healthcare coverage bill for N.D. public employees to be introduced today
BISMARCK — Legislation aimed at ensuring that thousands of North Dakota public employees can keep the same health benefits and medical providers when their insurer changes July 1 will be introduced Wednesday, House Majority Leader Al Carlson said. Lawmakers, who also...
March 11, 2015 - 7:05am
February 26, 2015
Health insurance competition comes true
The sage warning “be careful what you wish for” has resonance these days in North Dakota. The “wish” over the years that Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota would face more competition in the health insurance market has come true, and come true with a bang. Sanford Health’s...
February 26, 2015 - 7:03am
December 31, 2014
8,500 more sign up for health insurance in N.D.
BISMARCK -- During the first month of open enrollment for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, 8,528 people in North Dakota signed up for a plan beginning Jan. 1, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. That number reflects...
December 31, 2014 - 7:08am
December 18, 2014
Choices increase for marketplace health plans
FARGO — Consumers shopping for health insurance through the online marketplace have more options but many also are likely to face higher premiums, according to surveys. In North Dakota, the three insurers selling through the marketplace — which is necessary...
December 18, 2014 - 6:58am
August 19, 2014
N.D. Blues finances back in the black
FARGO — Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota finished the last quarter with net income of $27 million, rebounding from a loss of $80.7 million at the end of last year. As of June 30, the North Dakota Blues’ capital and surplus totaled $219.6 million, up $20.5 million from Dec....
August 19, 2014 - 6:49am