Minnesota law doesn’t require lifeguards at most public pools, including those in schools. But data from the Minnesota Department of Health suggest that the presence of lifeguards could make a difference in preventing school drownings,” writes MPR News reporter Laura Yuen. The health department tracks every time emergency medical responders are called to a public Read more

“Early signs suggest that US president Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is driving the cost of healthcare lower, according to Goldman Sachs analysts, spotlighting yesterday’s data on consumer spending and prices,” Matt Phillips writes for Quartz. While the Obamacare overhaul remains controversial in the US, budget geeks are nearly unanimous in spotlighting runaway health care Read more

In one of several concessions in a complex Treasury Department regulation of more than 200 pages, the Obama administration said companies with 50 to 99 employees will have an additional year to comply with the coverage requirement, until January 1, 2016. Angling to avoid political peril, the Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in Read more

An “independent consultant has issued a damning report of the state’s troubled online insurance marketplace,” write MPR News reporters Catharine Richert and Elizabeth Stawicki. MNsure’s management structure is “non-existent” according to Optum, a subsidiary of Minnetonka-based UnitedHealth Group, which recently performed a week-long analysis of the more than $100 million website. MNsure executives have been Read more