Health Care

Lawmakers hold Black maternal health roundtable

BY: - April 12, 2022

Brittany Wright told her doctors over and over during her first 20 hours of labor that something felt wrong. They assured Wright that she was fine, telling her that she just didn’t know what labor felt like as a first-time mom. Then, in hour 20, Wright started convulsing. Wright had developed a fever during labor […]

Insulin price cap approved by U.S. House as Georgia’s Warnock pushes for Senate passage

BY: - March 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House on Thursday passed a bill on a bipartisan 232-193 vote that would limit the price of insulin, as congressional Democrats met throughout the day with health care advocates to make their case for the proposal.  Democratic Sens. Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Patty Murray of Washington state held a virtual […]

Nurses say bad management, not COVID-19 burnout, to blame for exodus of workers

BY: - March 31, 2022

The union representing thousands of Minnesota nurses says poor hospital management and chronic under-staffing — more than COVID-19 burnout — are causing nurses to leave the job in droves. “I didn’t leave, I escaped,” said Amy Forkner during a Thursday news conference, pointing to the new report published by the Minnesota Nurses Association called “Why […]

Bill would create mental health ‘urgency rooms’ for people under 25

BY: - March 24, 2022

Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill that would give out grants for medical providers and nonprofits to quickly provide mental health care for young people in crisis for up to 72 hours. The grants would be used to create mental health “urgency rooms” for people under 25.

GOP lawmakers push to join national nurse licensure compact

BY: - February 21, 2022

Republican lawmakers and nurses from Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota held a news conference Monday in support of a bill to make it easier for out-of-state nurses to work in Minnesota. Supporters say becoming the 40th state to join the national Nurse Licensure Compact — which allows nurses to work across state lines […]

Planned Parenthood’s Sarah Stoesz says empathy is key to winning abortion rights fight

BY: - February 10, 2022

After 20 years as CEO of the Planned Parenthood serving Minnesota, Sarah Stoesz plans to step down this fall. The decision comes at a critical time for abortion rights in the country, with a supermajority of conservative Supreme Court justices poised to repeal significant portions of Roe v. Wade, or overturn it completely. That would […]

Abortion bill similar to Texas ban introduced in Minnesota

BY: - February 1, 2022

A bill has been introduced in Minnesota that is similar to one in Texas that bans abortions and allows people to bring civil action against anyone who violates the law, or even intends to do so. 

70-year-old nurse leaves retirement to work in nursing home’s COVID-19 ward

BY: - January 27, 2022

After working for nearly 50 years as a nurse, Cindy Roden was ready to enjoy retirement after leaving her job last March at a nursing home in Aitkin. She had the summer and fall to spend gardening and fishing with her grandkids in the lake just outside her house. Then she got a call from […]

A High-Risk Medical Device Didn’t Meet Federal Standards. The Government Paid Millions for More.

BY: - January 10, 2022

This story was originally published by ProPublica. In 2014, when the Food and Drug Administration found serious problems with a life-sustaining heart pump, its warning letter to the manufacturer threatened to notify other federal health agencies about the inspection’s findings. But for years, no such alert ever went out. Instead, the agency added the warning […]

Leslie Clayton of Golden Valley, Minnesota

A title fight pits physician assistants against doctors in Minnesota

BY: - January 7, 2022

After 23 years as a physician assistant, Leslie Clayton remains rankled by one facet of her vocation: its title. Specifically, the word “assistant.” Patients have asked if she’s heading to medical school or in the middle of it. The term confounded even her family, she said: It took years for her parents to understand she […]

House GOP leans on Mayo Clinic to call off its vaccine mandate

BY: - December 16, 2021

Gov. Tim Walz and DFL lawmakers are slamming a letter signed by more than three dozen House GOP state representatives that asks the Mayo Clinic to end its vaccine mandate for hospital employees. The letter goes further, threatening to withdraw support for state funding intended to alleviate health care workforce shortages. Earlier this month, state […]

U.S. Supreme Court considers new limits on abortions in Mississippi case

BY: and - December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is weighing potentially sweeping changes to the right to an abortion, after two hours of arguments Wednesday morning on a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The court’s conservatives, who hold a 6-3 majority, appeared through their questions to be sympathetic to Mississippi’s arguments that its […]