In health news headlines today:
- House panel votes to disband MNsure
- Minn. legislators asked to boost nursing home pay
- Essential Health turns to creativity in rural health care
The debate over MNsure’s future is taking an emotional turn.
A House panel voted Monday to abandon MNsure and move to the federal exchange by 2017. That decision came after one man blamed the exchange for his wife’s death from cancer earlier this year. Read More…
Filling staff vacancies is a constant challenge for Nathan J. Johnson.
Johnson and his counterpart Kyle Hedlund, director of senior services at Bigfork Valley, say they can’t pay their staffs enough to compensate for the hard work and difficult hours that are asked of them. Read More…
To understand the latest challenges of rural medicine, meet Matt Smolen. He has multiple sclerosis, which has spread through his 6-foot-4 frame, stranding him in a wheelchair, slurring his speech and contorting his hands into claws.
Flare-ups of the disease and related bladder infections sent Smolen, 46, to the hospital 17 times between April 2012 and March 2014. Then he enrolled in a research project run by Essentia Health, where nurse Sandi Kari coordinates all his medical care and personal needs. Read More…