Friday P.M. Report

Minnesota community health centers get $19.9 million in health reform funds: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is providing $19.9 million in health reform funds to community health centers in Minnesota, part of $727 million awarded across the country. The money will pay for construction of new health centers and renovations of existing locations. Health information technology improvements are also receiving funding. Read full story

3M extends tender offer in Cogent tech company deal: 3M  Co. said today it will give Cogent Inc. sharheholders more time to sell their stock in the firm. Maplewood-based 3M reached a $943 million deal in late August to buy Cogent, a maker of biometric technology. The 3M tender offer expired Thursday night. So far, about 46.4 million shares, or 52 percent of Cogent’s outstanding stock, have been tendered.  3M is extending the deadline to Oct. 22. Read full story

HealthPartners resumes individual plan sales: HealthPartners today resumed selling new individual health plans, more than two weeks after it suspended sales over concerns about health reform regulations going into effect. The Bloomington-based health insurer, No. 2 in Minnesota’s individual plan market last year, wanted to get state Commerce Department approval on both rates and policy details before resuming selling. Read full story

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