Afternoon in Rushford

Last Saturday I took a trek down to Rushford Minnesota to join other DFLers in a discussion of Gov. Dayton’s proposal to ‘tax the rich.’ Former State Rep. (31B) Ken Tschumper had organized the event and invited several other local folks to join him. Here is the agenda: Everything about Budget Projections Ken Tschumper; former […]

Managed Care for Disabled: HMO money grab or fiscal prudence?

Should administration of Minnesota’s  public health programs for those with disabilities be transferred into a program administered by insurance companies?  The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that CEOs from seven major health plans and providers have come up with their own plan to streamline Minnesota’s Medicaid program. According to an

Cost of Healthcare

My friend Steve Jaunsz sent me this e-mail after reading my post on healthcare: Here is some information on Minnesota health organizations that relate to their revenues and expenses. The Minneapolis StarTribune published an annual report of the top 100 nonprofits in Minnesota for 2009 in the Sunday 12/19/2010 newspaper. The top 15 organizations in […]

“Who’s Minding the Store?”

Early this week Sen. John Marty published a piece about the growing concern about our inability to discern the cost of having private HMOs manage our public health plans.  It followed the firing of David Feinwachs, an attorney for the Minnesota Hospital Association.  He was fired apparently because HMO’s applied pressure to push him out […]

Why it’s Important to Fix GAMC

The Star Tribune reported on the failure of the legislature to override a veto of a bill which would have stopped the transfer of 32,000 people from General Assistance Medicare to MinnesotaCare. Since many of those covered by GAMC are veterans, or homeless, or people who suffer from mental illness, MinnesotaCare may not adequately address […]

Flu Shot Update

A list of clinics offering the H1N1 vaccine is available at the Minnesota Department of Health’s website. Minnesota should have received about 1 million doses of H1N1 vaccine. A link on that site allows you to find a location near your area code, or you can search for availability on a specific date. Simply click […]

Health Care Forum in Northfield

Minnesota Senator John Marty is going to present information about the Minnesota Health Plan, a bill in the State Legislature that  provides universal coverage for all Minnesotans.  This event was initiated by John Marty’s son who is a St. Olaf student and Gary and Mary Carlson’s daughter also at St. Olaf.

Small Business Health-insurance Dilemma

This morning I participated along with Sen. John Marty in a press conference focusing on a study by US PIRG on the dilemma small businesses find themselves in finding access to health care for their employees. We stood outside Tracy Singleton’s Birchwood Café in Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis, and visited with her, John Kolstad of […]
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