Health Care

Gov. Walz orders schools temporarily closed to curb COVID-19 outbreak

BY: - March 15, 2020

DFL Gov. Tim Walz on Sunday took his most drastic action yet to contain the spread of COVID-19, ordering the temporary closure of Minnesota public schools starting Wednesday, March 18 through Friday, March 27. Walz says school districts should use the time to plan a transition to distance learning for the foreseeable future. “We cannot […]

Minnesota COVID-19 cases grow to 5 as state ramps up efforts to curb outbreak

BY: - March 11, 2020

Minnesota health officials on Wednesday said they will begin moving toward “community mitigation” efforts following the confirmation of two additional COVID-19 cases in the state, bringing the total to five confirmed cases.  Kris Ehresmann, director of the Minnesota Department of Health infectious disease division, said the state on Tuesday tested samples from 100 patients, including […]

GOP lawmaker: Expect limits on large public events like concerts, ballgames

BY: - March 11, 2020

A Republican lawmaker said Minnesotans should expect significant changes in their daily lives in the coming weeks and months due to the coming outbreak of novel coronavirus, including limits on large public events like games and concerts.  “When we reach that point — and we will reach that point — Minnesota will know it’s being […]

Congress rebukes Trump’s bid to slash CDC funding amid outbreak

BY: - March 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House lawmakers resoundingly rebuffed a Trump administration request to cut funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amid the coronavirus crisis. The CDC director testified Tuesday before the House Appropriations Committee, where Republicans and Democrats alike said Congress won’t comply with the budget cuts requested in Trump’s fiscal year 2021 […]

First coronavirus case confirmed in Minnesota from person who traveled on cruise with COVID-19

BY: - March 6, 2020

Minnesota health officials on Friday announced the state’s first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus.  The patient is an older adult resident of Ramsey County who recently traveled on a cruise ship with a known case of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The individual began experiencing symptoms on Feb. 25 and sought medical […]

Walz says Minnesota ready for potential coronavirus spread: ‘Preparation is not panic’

BY: and - March 2, 2020

Gov. Tim Walz, the state’s top health official and legislative leaders sought to reassure the public Monday that they are working to prepare for the eventual arrival of the novel coronavirus to Minnesota.  Walz, along with a bipartisan group of state legislative leaders, emerged from a briefing with officials from the Minnesota Department of Health, […]

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Your health insurance: probably bad and getting worse

BY: - February 23, 2020

“A good life for American families also requires the most affordable, innovative, and high-quality healthcare system on Earth. Before I took office, health insurance premiums had more than doubled in just five years. I moved quickly to provide affordable alternatives. Our new plans are up to 60 percent less expensive — and better.”  POTUS, State […]

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HealthPartners strike called off; tentative deal reached

BY: - February 18, 2020

At 3 a.m. on Tuesday, the union representing nurses, physician assistants and other health care workers at HealthPartners reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract, avoiding a weeklong strike that would have affected 30 clinics across the Twin Cities. Workers voted overwhelmingly earlier this month to strike to protect their generous health care […]

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Native-led effort brings nighttime help to homeless

BY: - February 11, 2020

Close to midnight one Saturday, a couple dozen nurses, police officers, EMTs and social workers circled up in an empty break room on East Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis to plan their night helping the homeless. It was only the second night this group, with 17 different organizations represented, was meeting to coordinate their outreach efforts […]

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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 […]

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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 […]