Minnesota’s biggest health plans seek premium increases for 2023

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Christopher Snowbeck of the Star Tribune reports that Minnesota’s largest health plans are looking to increase their premiums for next year. However, this is less than they wanted for 2022. Three major carriers are seeking increases in 2023 of between 2% to 6%. A fourth major insurer proposed that premiums be lowered by an average of 2 percent.

Mia Laube from KSTP reports that Xcel Energie, Minnesota Power both have restored electricity for thousands customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin after many were left without air conditioning Monday due to dangerously high temperatures.

Ryan Raiche, also reporting from KSTP reports that Sun Country announced a new route for Vancouver last week and is now apologizing for its passengers who were subject to repeated delays and cancellations on the first return flight.

Dee DePass, Star Tribune, shares the results of a race equity analysis of 40 Minnesota businesses: 3M and Allianz Life Insurance of America, Allina Health and Allina Health all scored high on the inaugural Racial Equity Dividends index, St. Paul-based Center for Economic Inclusion.

Dan Kraker from MPR News stops by Rainy Lake at the Canadian border to meet with floodwaters-stricken residents.

Jonathan Stempel reports at Reuters that a federal judge ruled that Dairy Queen can’t stop W.B. Mason Co. is unable to sell “Blizzard”, a bottled water spring water, despite the name being very similar to DQ’s popular ice-cream treat.

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