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Mike Opat: Hennepin County can’t solve a statewide problem alone

Star Tribune, April 25, 2010

Supported by the taxpayers of Hennepin County, Hennepin County Medical Center has long been recognized as providing first-rate care to patients regardless of insurance or income. While there is currently controversy over whether HCMC will participate in a new state program providing minimal funding for care for some of the state's poorest individuals, you can count on it to continue to provide high-quality care for people in Hennepin County as well as specialty services like trauma and burn services for the region.…read more

Pawlenty will sign health bill for poor

By WARREN WOLFE and BAIRD HELGESON, Star Tribune staff writers , Star Tribune, March 24, 2010

He'll approve the House-passed health bill after earlier cutting funds.…read more

Reinventing care for poor means relying less on ER

By WARREN WOLFE, Star Tribune, March 13, 2010

Even before getting legislative approval, hospitals are rushing to create a new health system for the poor.…read more

As hearings begin on GAMC pact, providers and advocates for the poor analyze its implications

By Casey Selix, MinnPost.com, Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hennepin County Board Chairman Mike Opat is trying to keep track of all the acronyms in a bipartisan compromise to save health care for impoverished adults without children. To name a few: CCO, DSH and UCP.…read more

GAMC showdown: Can the House muster enough
votes to override the governor?

By Paul Demko, February 19, 2010

At first blush, it would seem that Democrats should have little difficult overriding Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto of General Assistance Medical Care legislation. The bill passed both DFL-led legislative chambers, after all, by overwhelming margins. The House backed the revamped health-care program — which provides coverage to poor, single adults — by a 125-9 margin. The Senate then ratified the decision by a 47-16 margin.…read more

Health care aid for poor vetoed

By Jeremy Olson, Pioneer Press, February 18, 2010

The Minnesota House and Senate on Thursday approved legislation to restore the state's General Assistance Medical Care program for poor, childless adults, but Gov. Tim Pawlenty quickly vetoed the plan. …read more

State House votes to extend health program

By WARREN WOLFE, Star Tribune, February 18, 2010

If Senate approves the changes Monday, Pawlenty will be faced with the question of whether to veto the program again.…read more

Number of Minnesotans uninsured jumps by 100,000

By CHEN MAY YEE, Star Tribune, February 5, 2010

More than 100,000 Minnesotans lost their health insurance between 2007 and 2009 as unemployment and the recession made deep inroads into medical coverage, the state Department of Health reported Friday.…read more

Woman Crashes Car, Ends Up In HCMC Stent Study

WCCO, Feb 1, 2010

A couple days before Christmas, a woman from Rosemount, Minn. was driving to see family in Nebraska with her dog, her son and her son's girlfriend. They never made it to Nebraska.…read more

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