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Workarounds are helping, but common drugs scarce.
Glynn Crooks, a longtime leader of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, was passionate about passing on Dakota culture and traditions, as well as expressing his…
With Affordable Care Act still jarring U.S. politics, access to health care and how to pay for it a major issue dividing Tim Walz, Jeff Johnson.
Remote exams, lower costs regaining favor.
With its own roots in the co-op movement, HealthPartners spreads the model overseas.
Dr. Robert Isaacson was a "modest, self-effacing person," according to his wife, but he had an amazing ability to bring people together and inspire them…
Minnesota hospitals are seeing a rise in costly illnesses related to syringe-sharing.
National shortage is the latest of many to hit the U.S. pharmaceutical industry.
A woman sued her Duluth employer when its health insurance didn't cover her son's treatment.
Latest data suggest that, for healthy people, there's no benefit – but some risks.
Unvaccinated children at risk in some overseas nations, officials say.
Despite the increase, Minnesota still has one of the lowest rates of uninsured in the country at 4.5 percent.
Minnesota's Medicaid program will remove one of the biggest obstacles facing patients who need drug therapy, cutting the red tape that doctors say has impeded their ability to prescribe treatment medications for opioid addiction.
HealthPartners study to see if community workers affect heart outcomes.
The state sued after feds sought to withhold support of the MinnesotaCare program.
New infection underscores growing global threat.
Health officials urge shots for anyone who might have come in contact with the animal.
Minnesota officials say the intestinal infection has sickened 72 campers; facility's owner challenges their science.
Four common procedures can cost wildly different amounts — even within the same hospital.
Health officials link the infection to overseas travel but warn others who might have been exposed.
Despite Minnesota's professed commitment to battling opioid abuse, the state's own health insurance program for the poor is among the biggest barriers in getting anti-addiction drugs to patients, according to doctors at several clinics across the state.
Public health officials seeking source of infection at an elder care facility.
Later, academics became central to his professional life, but it also opened up a new understanding of family.
A growing number of pediatric and primary care clinics in Minnesota are using children's books to improve health care and enhance child development.
Examination of Medical Assistance program uncovered a few errors.
Chlorine doesn't kill all the things that can make swimmers ill, studies find.
Competing candidates also weigh in on election issues.
The card, in a national fraud prevention measure, will no longer include a Social Security number.
There has been a run on the new vaccine, which is about twice as effective as an older version.
Instead of getting health care advice from her doctor, Nathalie Crowley, a transgender woman, has found herself being the one who does the teaching."A lot…
Minnesota Health Department lab can run a single test that will detect up to 22 different types of bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Two separate outbreaks were linked to the Sonora Grill in Minneapolis and Kwik Trip stores statewide.
The health insurer cut therapy rates at the same time it asked clinics to return payments made in error.
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members approved the new contract Monday.
It's unclear how many cancer patients lose employment because they're not ready to return to work. But studies show that just 40 percent are back at work within six months.
A Minneapolis clinic is leading the way in providing pro bono help to patients.
Goal will be less hospital care, more outpatients and same-day surgeries.
Will work requirements save money or penalize those most in need?
A troubled computer system could not send bills to some enrollees, officials say.
The NIH grant, one of the two biggest from the feds received by the university, backs work of applying medical research in real life.
As part of its effort to improve the state's response to allegations of elder abuse, the Minnesota Health Department is seeking public comments about a new computer system to handle complaints filed against senior care homes.
The proposal is supposed to increase the state's workforce, but critics say it will take health care away from the sick.
Flu Near You partnership expands the reach of state's disease monitoring.
Some fear administrative costs might erase any savings.
The $225 million facility is across the street from the Hennepin County Medical Center's south entrance.
Medical Assistance recipients who are not working, job hunting or volunteering could lose their benefits under a measure Minnesota legislators proposed Monday.Republicans in the House…
Minnesota's uninsured rate went from 4.3 percent in 2015 to 6.3 percent in 2017, fueled by a drop in the number of employers who offered coverage as well as people exiting the individual market.
In their first assessment of this season's influenza vaccine, federal health officials said last week that the current vaccine is 36 percent effective overall.
$800 million in federal cuts creates a challenge for MinnesotaCare funding.
The flu has also caused a record number of hospitalizations this year.
As a business education teacher at South High School in Minneapolis, Richard Kormanik spent 35 years instructing students on topics like accounting and stock market…
HCMC, where 38 patients were hospitalized during the last cold snap, had to open a new unit because the burn ward, which treats frostbite as well as burns, ran out of beds.
State is concerned about long-term federal funding for MinnesotaCare.
If the downtown hospital becomes overwhelmed, emergency managers will shift patients to other metro hospitals.
First study of its kind shows wide range in prices for Minnesotans.
Nearly 70 of Minnesota's safety net medical clinics, with thousands of patients, face an uncertain future because Congress has failed to reauthorize their federal funding.
This year's outbreak is now 'widespread' in the state, health officials said.
A study says options are more costly compared with other medical treatment.
Fairview will better address training for all hospital staff, clarify policies and report to the state.
Hospitalizations from flu-like symptoms jump 38 percent
Therapists say repaying Blue Cross for its error creates financial burden.
Schools incorporate physical activity in the classroom, plus yoga and other activities, in three-year study.
New state forecast shows the cost for continuing health coverage of 125,000 children.
A report card had good and bad news for the state. Though it cited innovations in care, "even if we are more successful at controlling per-person spending, the increase in prevalence ... is going to ruin us in the long term."
Plan lets patients choose their clinic while raising accountability of care.
She had travelled the world, taught scores of nurses and helped lead a major Twin Cities nonprofit, but Barbara Scherek wanted to learn more. So…
The outbreak has primarily affected elderly residents in the Hmong community, with 10 cases linked to a senior center where the first case was detected in 2016.
Dr. Jakub Tolar is a renowned stem-cell researcher.
The move by Medica Health Plans is also reigniting a debate about the role of Minnesota's nonprofit health plans.
Dr. Brooks Jackson, a prominent researcher from Johns Hopkins, leaves after three years in Minnesota.
The state health insurance program receives much of the "cost-sharing reduction" money marked for elimination by the Trump administration.
For the consumers who rely on MinnesotaCare, it means another stressful time.
The name of the new organization has yet to be determined. The merger will take effect in early 2018.
In a letter to federal regulators, he asks Washington not to cut off funds for the health program.
Congressional debate about Obamacare has delayed action on bills. Programs are set to end Saturday with the end of the fiscal year.