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BRAINERD, Minn. — MNSure CEO Allison O'Toole offered up solutions Monday, Oct. 9, to help make sure health insurance premiums stay flat. O'Toole is traveling the state, talking to Minnesota media outlets ahead of the open enrollment period starting Nov. 1.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. — A Little Falls hospital's program to curb opioid addiction drew the attention of Washington for its effectiveness in stopping opioids from hitting the streets, and users from hitting up the drugs. Doctors from CHI St. Gabriel's Health went to Capitol Hill Sept. 27 to brief congressional staffers from the House and the Senate on their program. Capitol Hill staffers want to know how their program can be replicated in other communities, and state lawmakers are willing to put big money on the line to see more programs like it in Minnesota.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper visited Brainerd Wednesday, Sept. 13, to tout reforms to the state's program for disabled workers. A Star Tribune expose in 2015 detailed how the existing DHS program at the time was critically flawed, boxing disabled people into demeaning jobs for less than minimum wage through the controversial "sheltered workshop" model many other states had already done away with.
CROSBY, Minn. — Tom McCartan dropped out of high school his senior year to become a landscaper, and eventually began working as a gravedigger. It's a profession he took up for 30 years. When interviewed, he had mud from Hibbing on his pants from a day at work for Brown-Wilbert in Aitkin, a company that installs concrete burial vaults. He also had the front door to his house barricaded in order to prevent another break-in.
CROSBY, Minn. — After an encounter at the local Dairy Queen, Crosby Mayor Jim Hunter faces a new citation for providing a false police report against the man he's charged of swindling out of $90,000. The ticket for a June 23 encounter is in addition to charges filed in March against Hunter, who faces accusations of felony assault with a dangerous weapon, theft by swindle and lawful gambling fraud. Crosby Dairy Queen surveillance video shows Hunter, 68, in a June 23 encounter with Thomas McCartan.
ST. PAUL -- A bill introduced Monday in the Minnesota House of Representatives would free health insurance companies from having to cover gender transitions.