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State Seeks Public Input on Minnesota Made Health Insurance Exchange

Posted on December 05, 2011 at 2:59 PM
Categories: Commerce, Health

Today the Department of Commerce invited Minnesotans to offer input on potential information technology components for a Minnesota-Made Health Insurance Exchange. At noon today, sample modules – a series of websites simulating what an Exchange might look like – went live for public evaluation.

According to the release:

“We are committed to developing a user-friendly environment built by Minnesotans, for Minnesotans,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “Ultimately, consumers and small businesses would use this tool to choose the coverage that best suits their needs. We want to gather input from as many Minnesotans as possible, including consumers, small businesses, insurers, health care providers, navigators, agents and brokers. I strongly encourage all Minnesotans to check out these website simulations, and provide their honest and complete feedback.”
A Minnesota-made Health Insurance Exchange would provide consumers with a simple way to find, compare, choose, and purchase health care coverage. The Department of Commerce is working on analytical, operational, and technical infrastructure planning for an Exchange, in partnership with the Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Health, and with the advice of the Health Insurance Exchange Advisory Task Force.


Decorating for the Holidays

Posted on December 02, 2011 at 11:45 AM

This morning volunteers from local flower shops helped decorate the Governor's Reception Room for the holidays. Check out some of the great work they were doing below:


Governor Dayton receives 2011 Friend of Education Award

Posted on December 02, 2011 at 10:03 AM
Categories: Education

Today the Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD) awarded Governor Dayton their 2011 Friend of Education Award. The award is given to Minnesota leaders who demonstrate exceptional support and leadership in advocating for public education. Governor Dayton accepted the award and spoke this morning at AMSD's monthly meeting.

According to AMSD:

Governor Dayton exhibited strong support for public education throughout the 2011 legislative session beginning with his budget proposal which called for increased investments in education even in the face of a major state budget shortfall.


“The Governor kept his campaign promise to invest in education every year he was governor even though the state faced a projected $6.2 billion budget shortfall when he had to submit his budget. His support for public education did not waiver during a very challenging legislative session,” said AMSD Executive Director Scott Croonquist.


Governor Dayton proclaims World AIDS Day in Minnesota

Posted on December 01, 2011 at 8:27 AM
Categories: Health

Governor Dayton has proclaimed December 1, 2011, as World AIDS Day in Minnesota, calling attention to the worldwide HIV/AIDS epidemic and the impact that HIV/AIDS has had in the state and around the world.

In commemoration, a variety of HIV testing and public awareness events are scheduled in Minnesota for the day and through the month of December. This is the 24th time Minnesota has taken part in World AIDS Day. 

"World AIDS Day remains a critical observance for us and the world," said Peter Carr, director of the STD and HIV Section, Minnesota Department of Health.

The proclamation notes that "Minnesotans are encouraged to educate themselves about the risks of HIV, know their HIV status through testing, get care if infected, and demonstrate compassion for those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS."


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