Health Care

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Can we shop for health care? A Minnesota Reformer colloquy

BY: - February 11, 2020

Editor’s note: This is a response to a guest commentary by state Rep. Jennifer Schultz, DFL-Duluth, about whether patients shopping for their health care will help control costs. Her response to this guest commentary can be read below.  The fundamental problem with our health care system is that it does not empower patients.  Instead, our […]

Map: Minnesota counties with limited access to opioid addiction treatment

BY: - February 7, 2020

Opioid addiction treatment remains out of reach for many Minnesotans. In 43 of Minnesota’s 87 counties, there are no doctors who can prescribe a drug proven to be safe and effective in treating opioid addiction, according to 2018 data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To prescribe buprenorphine, doctors are required under […]

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota strike

1,800 HealthPartners workers vote in favor of week-long strike

BY: - February 7, 2020

The strike is on. More than 1,800 nurses, physicians assistants and other health care workers at HealthPartners won’t show up for work at some 30 clinics across the Twin Cities Feb. 19 unless a deal is reached before then. Workers, represented by SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, announced they filed a 10-day strike notice Friday morning in […]

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Danger zone: Work is safer than it used to be, but some jobs are still hazardous

BY: - February 6, 2020

Work-related illness and injuries in Minnesota reached all-time lows in 2018, but experts are concerned about persistently high injury rates in risky industries like construction and agriculture. Workplace injury rates have dropped nationwide in the past several decades because of regulatory and cultural changes. Farmers and construction workers are still at higher risk of being […]

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SEIU health care workers headed for strike vote with HealthPartners

BY: - February 3, 2020

Hundreds of nurses, lab technicians, dental hygienists and other health care workers are headed toward a strike vote this week after failing to reach an agreement about their health coverage with their employer HealthPartners.  HealthPartners and the negotiating team for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota worked late into the night on Friday, with their previous contract expiring […]

3,000 HealthPartners workers prepared to strike over their own health care

BY: - January 29, 2020

More than 1,800 nurses and other medical care workers at HealthPartners could vote to strike next week if they don’t reach a new contract agreement by Friday at midnight. The workers say they are standing firm against a company effort to cut employee health benefits. HealthPartners, which has 26,000 employees and more than $7 billion […]

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What happens in Minnesota if Obamacare gets struck down by the courts?

BY: - January 28, 2020

At least 300,000 Minnesotans may lose health coverage if the Affordable Care Act is overturned, which is the entirely possible outcome of a lawsuit winding its way through the courts. The 2018 election hinged on the largely successful Democratic message that they would keep in place protections afforded by the Affordable Care Act, sometimes known […]

Minnesota is projected to lose a seat in Congress. Here’s why that’s a huge deal

BY: - January 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Minnesota is projected to lose a U.S. House seat in the coming years, new data show — a change that would diminish the state’s influence in national politics and could lead to less money for federally funded projects and services like roads and health care. The North Star State is one of 10 […]

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Newest phase in opioid epidemic: Mix of opioids and stimulants like coke and meth

BY: - January 21, 2020

Minnesota health officials and researchers are tracking a troubling trend in the opioid crisis, even amid a decline in the total number of opioid-involved deaths. A recent rise in overdose deaths involving multiple drugs — like methamphetamine and opioids together — signals that we’ve potentially entered a new phase in the epidemic, due in part […]

COMMENTARY
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Price transparency alone won’t keep health care costs down

BY: - January 15, 2020

Surveys consistently show that affordability of healthcare is a top issue that Americans want their elected officials to address. The United States spends twice as much per capita on health care as other developed nations — $10,586 compared with the $5,086 OECD average. It’s a tremendous burden on federal and state budgets, businesses and public […]

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Safe injection sites are successful internationally, so why did Minneapolis say no?

BY: and - January 15, 2020

In 2019, the city of Minneapolis recorded more than 1,300 drug overdoses, the most in at least a dozen years. At the start of that dismal year, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey rejected proposals to open safe places for addicts to use drugs under medical supervision, which advocates say could have contained the 2019 overdose epidemic.  […]

Brentton Holzer and his mother Stacie Zamora

The most in demand jobs in Minnesota don’t pay enough to live here

BY: - January 14, 2020

Of the 10 most in-demand jobs in Minnesota right now, only half pay the $15 an hour needed to meet the basic costs of living in the state.  And that’s assuming you’re single, with no kids or anyone else to support, don’t have student debt, can find a cheaper-than-average home, and can get 40 hours […]