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So, how good is that Allina nurses health coverage?

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Nurses strike outside of United Hospital.
Nurses on strike march outside of United Hospital in June.
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Allina Health wants nurses at its Twin Cities area hospitals to move to its corporate health plans. Union nurses say no. It remains a stumbling block in contract talks, although experts say the corporate and nurses' plans are both generous.

    MPR News asked the non-partisan Kaiser Family Foundation to review the most popular union and company offerings. The foundation analysis found coverage for a single person on the Allina First corporate plan would pay 87 percent of a typical person's total health costs. The employee pays the rest. 

The two most popular union-only plans pay 91 and 96 percent of typical health costs, according to the foundation.

  Measured against national insurance trends, all three of the health plans are good, said Cynthia Cox, associate director of health reform and private insurance at Kaiser.   

  Click on the audio bar above to hear Cox and other experts dive into the details of the plans and their potential effects.