Health Care

Federal judge stops enforcement of Minnesota prescription drug price control law

BY: - December 4, 2023

A federal judge prevented Minnesota from enforcing a new law designed to curb the price of generic prescription drugs, ruling that the statute violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which prevents states from regulating trade outside their boundaries. The law, which passed in 2023 and was signed by DFL Gov. Tim Walz, prohibits […]

Mayo Clinic leaders unveil $5 billion in infrastructure investments with political leaders

BY: - November 28, 2023

Mayo Clinic leaders unveiled plans on Tuesday for five new buildings at its flagship campus in Rochester totaling $5 billion that will allow the hospital to “scale transformation in ways never before imagined.” The project’s cost is more than four times that of the U.S. Bank Stadium, a ratio used by a Mayo Clinic executive […]

Pentagon: National security depends on ‘forever chemicals’ like those made by 3M

BY: - November 21, 2023

The Department of Defense relies on hundreds, if not thousands, of weapons and products such as uniforms, batteries, and microelectronics that contain PFAS, a family of chemicals linked to serious health conditions. Now, as regulators propose restrictions on their use or manufacturing, Pentagon officials have told Congress that eliminating the chemicals would undermine military readiness. […]

Fatwa issued allowing for donor breast milk to be accepted by Muslim parents

BY: - November 16, 2023

A Muslim legal expert issued a fatwa, or religious clarification, that Muslim parents can now use donor breast milk for their infants in intensive care. Mohamed Mahad, imam from Nuruliman mosque in Minneapolis, signed what he believes is the first fatwa of its kind in the country at an event Thursday at Children’s Minnesota in […]

Tribal leaders ask Congress for help with fentanyl crisis in Native American communities

BY: - November 8, 2023

WASHINGTON — Leaders of Native American tribes detailed the fentanyl crisis in Indigenous communities during a Wednesday U.S. Senate hearing. “This growing crisis is rooted in the longstanding structural inequities in Native communities,” said Sen. Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii, who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski said she […]

Minnesota infant mortality rate edges downward, bucking national trend

BY: - November 3, 2023

Minnesota’s infant mortality rate, a measure of how many children die within a year of being born, ticked down in 2022, according to the latest data from the CDC. That stands in contrast with the national trend; infant deaths rose significantly last year for the first time in two decades. Minnesota’s rate was 4.5 infant […]

Minnesota abortions are up nearly 40% since Dobbs

BY: - October 26, 2023

Abortions in Minnesota have increased by roughly 40% since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in the Dobbs decision last June, part of a nationwide increase since the end of Roe. The latest data from the Society of Family Planning, a trade group for medical professionals in obstetrics and related fields, shows that there […]

Mayo Clinic workers say they have terrible health insurance

BY: - October 25, 2023

A Mayo Clinic employee in Florida said he has curtailed mental health treatment for his daughters and avoided seeing a physical therapist for his back pain, yet still pays around $11,000 a year for health care. An employee in Texas is waiting to get an appointment at a free clinic because there aren’t any in-network […]

Minnesota’s overdose crisis, in charts

BY: - October 18, 2023

New data recently released by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension underscores how the COVID-19 pandemic and the social disruption it wrought led to an immediate uptick in fatal overdoses in Minnesota. Monthly fatal overdose numbers were remarkably consistent throughout 2019 and into the first two months of 2020, the data show. But in March […]

Allina Health clinicians vote by overwhelming margin to unionize in historic election

BY: - October 13, 2023

Allina Health doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners voted to form the nation’s largest private-sector union of advanced care practitioners. Federal labor officials tallied ballots on Friday from clinicians at 60 Allina primary and urgent care clinics in Minnesota plus one in Wisconsin, with 325 votes for and 200 against unionizing with Doctors Council SEIU. […]

Two-thirds of nursing home workers say they struggle to afford basic expenses

BY: - October 11, 2023

Two out of three nursing home workers in Minnesota say they struggle to afford their basic needs each month, according to a survey of about 1,450 workers conducted by the Services Employees International Union. The union, which represents thousands of nursing home workers, surveyed both union and non-union members and found nearly half make $20 […]

Insurers often shortchange mental health care coverage, despite a federal law

BY: - October 11, 2023

If you or someone you know is in need of help, dial 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline for free and confidential support or text HELLO to 741741 for the Crisis Text Line. When she tried to find help for her daughter’s depression, Michelle Romero was frantic, panicked and heartbroken. She searched and searched for mental […]