Health Care

Here’s where Minn. congressional candidates stand on national abortion ban

BY: - September 22, 2022

For decades, Republicans promised voters they’d ban abortions if only the U.S. Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade.  Sure enough, abortion was swiftly banned in Republican-controlled states around the country in the wake of the court’s June decision striking down Roe. But a public backlash — evident in polls, a Kansas ballot question and several […]

Minn. physicians criticize Scott Jensen for COVID-19, abortion views

BY: - September 16, 2022

A band of Minnesota physicians on Friday criticized Republican nominee for governor Scott Jensen, condemning a fellow doctor for his advocacy of unscientific COVID-19 treatments and for expressing desire to ban abortion in the state. At a press conference in the State Capitol, doctors from multiple specialties, such as infectious disease and obstetrics, deplored Jensen […]

U.S. Sen. Tina Smith

U.S. senators criticize federal health officials for lagging monkeypox response

BY: - September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress held its first hearing on monkeypox Wednesday, with lawmakers rebuking federal public health officials for their slow response to the outbreak, even though the hearing came four months after the first U.S. case was diagnosed. “By any measure, in fact by every measure, the response from the Biden administration on the monkeypox […]

15,000 nurses launch historic 3-day strike at hospitals across Twin Cities, Duluth

BY: and - September 12, 2022

Thousands of union nurses walked off the job at 15 hospitals across the Twin Cities and Duluth area on Monday morning, launching the largest private-sector nurses strike in U.S. history. The picket line in front of Allina’s United Hospital and Children’s Minnesota in St. Paul stretched for two blocks, with nurses holding signs reading “Patients […]

Thousands of Minnesota nurses hit the picket lines in historic 3-day strike

BY: - September 12, 2022

The largest private-sector nurses strike in U.S. history began on Monday with some 15,000 nurses launching a three-day strike at 15 hospitals across the Twin Cities and Duluth area. The hospitals say the strike will bring minimal disruptions to patient care as they lean on thousands of traveling nurses to replace striking nurses. The strike […]

Minnesota state representative to become CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States

BY: - September 7, 2022

Minnesota Rep. Ruth Richardson, DFL-Mendota Heights, will be the next CEO of Minnesota’s Planned Parenthood affiliate, the organization announced Wednesday. Planned Parenthood North Central States oversees centers in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska and the Dakotas. The two-term legislator is also running for reelection this November.  Planned Parenthood said in a release that Richardson will oversee health […]

Inflation Reduction Act extends savings on MinnesotaCare premiums through 2025

BY: - September 6, 2022

About 90,000 residents on MinnesotaCare — the public health insurance program for the working poor — will be able to continue forgoing premium payments or keep paying lower rates through 2025 due to the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law by President Joe Biden, the Department of Human Services announced in a Tuesday news release. MinnesotaCare, […]

Hospitals allege nurses’ strike would be illegal; union says it won’t back down

BY: - September 1, 2022

Hours after the Minnesota Nurses Association announced 15,000 nurses would go on strike at hospitals across the Twin Cities and Duluth area, several health systems filed complaints with the National Labor Relations Board seeking to block the strike.  A spokeswoman for St. Luke’s Duluth said the union has not given proper notice of their intent […]

15,000 Minnesota nurses to walk off job in historic strike over wages and staffing levels

BY: - September 1, 2022

After months of stalled negotiations, some 15,000 union nurses across more than a dozen hospitals will strike for three days later this month in what the union believes will be the largest private sector nurses’ strike in U.S. history. “Today is a somber day,” said Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner, dressed in all black, […]

Jensen to appear with all-star lineup of anti-vaxxers at Alexandria event

BY: - September 1, 2022

Scott Jensen, a Chaska doctor who is the Republican nominee for governor, is scheduled to speak at a “global health freedom summit” in Alexandria on Oct. 1, joined by some of the most prominent anti-vaccine activists in the world. Although Jensen has denied being anti-vaccine, as of earlier this year he wasn’t vaccinated and he […]

White House calls meeting with college officials on how to curb monkeypox on campus

BY: - August 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House held a virtual meeting Thursday with more than 1,000 college and university officials to help them prepare for a school year when monkeypox cases are expected to crop up on campus.  The Biden administration’s monkeypox and COVID-19 response teams as well as representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and […]

Ellison issues consumer alert about Minnesota crisis pregnancy centers

BY: - August 23, 2022

Minnesota crisis pregnancy centers target low-income people and provide misleading information about abortion and contraception, according to Attorney General Keith Ellison. Ellison on Tuesday issued a consumer alert for Minnesotans warning that crisis pregnancy centers tout comprehensive health care but actually push pregnant people away from abortion — often through deceiving messaging and methods. Minnesota […]