Beyond the premium: What will you really pay for health care?

In 2013, Chris had inexpensive health insurance. His premiums were only $200 each month. That sounds pretty good, especially since average premiums for a single person are more than $400 per month.

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Leading by example: New youth directors to lead Trans Youth Support Network

(Photo by Sarah Ellen Miller) Left to right, TYSN financial director Jakob Rumble, development and sustainability director Jahleel Princeton Arcani, fundraising and communications director La’Niya Dixon; not pictured, program director Tayvon Caples.

Local trans youth can now officially turn to their peers for help in navigating a system they say doesn’t accommodate their needs.

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Community health overview: Chinese/Taiwanese Americans

According to the 2010 U.S. Census the eight largest Asian American populations in Minnesota are the Hmong, Asian Indian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, Laotian, and Cambodian communities. Specifically, 27 percent of the total population identify themselves as Hmong, 15.5 percent are Asian Indian, 11.7 percent are Chinese, 11.1 percent are Vietnamese, 4.9 percent are Laotians, and 3.9 percent are Cambodians (See Figure 2).

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Minnesota-based Kofa Foundation supports Ebola survivors

The recent news that a patient at a Dallas hospital has the Ebola virus has caused a stir in the United States. But for many Americans, Ebola has already hit very close to home.

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Open enrollment time: Should you renew or change your health insurance?

Every year that annoying notice comes. It’s open enrollment time. During this time, you can make choices about health insurance. You can compare deductibles, calculate premiums, check coverage, and read policies. Or you can do nothing, and your insurance will automatically renew. If you have employer-sponsored insurance, individual insurance, MNSure insurance, or Medicare, you need to decide.

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Twin Cities Veg Fest shows eating vegetarian doesn’t mean losing taste

(Photo courtesy of Compassionate Action for Animals)

When Sal Kravik became a vegan 12 years ago, she didn’t eat the way she does now.

"When I first changed my diet … there were so few options," Kravik said. "Vegan cheesecake was not a thing."

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Minneapolis considers banning e-cigs

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Minneapolis may soon equate vaping with smoking.

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South Minneapolis Somali community asks for ethnic, healthy food shelf

(Photos by Cirien Saadeh)

When it comes to food shelves in Minneapolis, halal food is hard to come by. But a group of Somali women want to change that.

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MN Admin Commissioner: OLA must disclose health care audit contracts

Minnesota’s public health care programs are cost-intensive enterprises, utilizing roughly $3 billion in state funds on a bi-annual basis. These monies flow from the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), to non-profit Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs), and finally to health care providers for patient care.

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