MNsure, the state’s health insurance exchange program, debuted the signup process on October 1. Officials during an October 4 conference call with reporters, including the MSR,estimated that 5,000 accounts were opened during the first week.
During the next few weeks Twin Citians will enjoy an unprecedented opportunity to view and read about the lives and media triumphs of people with disabilities – and how their stories are told in the media.
The MNsure insurance marketplace is open for business, though not without some significant hiccups. As a trained MNsure Navigator, I’ve been doing my best to understand how the system is working for Minnesotans. Here are my impressions so far:
On a rainy Saturday morning two women are at bike work stations receiving hands-on learning about the ins and outs of bicycle mechanics. These two women are not white or Lycra clad, nor would you confuse them with the “creative class” that is associated with the biking community. They are learning bike maintenance skills at SPOKES Bike-Walk Connections (1915 E. 22nd Street) in the Seward Minneapolis neighborhood. According to their bulletin, this organization is an innovative community bike and walking center with a goal of getting more people biking and walking for transportation and exercise. On their wall is a picture of bicycle parts written in Amharic, Eritrean, Ojibwa, and Oromo translations.
(Saint Paul Art Crawl poster features artwork entitled Crow, by Greta Sandquist)
Ready or not, October is here and fall is officially underway! There are lots of fun happenings in or around the Twin Cities to help you enjoy the changing seasons. The events this weekend run the gamut, from fall festivals and caramel apple bike tours, to art shows and film fests. See this weekend’s round-up below:
At a time when many pundits and prognosticators are declaring the demise of the labor movement, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is defying the doom and moving forward. The 10,000-plus members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota face great challenges, not only in the federal Affordable Care Act and the state MNSure program, but also in two new campaigns.
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