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Glenn Howatt

Editor | Computer-Assisted Reporting
phone: 612-673-7192
Glenn Howatt joined the Star Tribune's business section in May 1990. He was a co-winner of a 2004 Frank Premack Public Affairs Journalism Award for coverage of questionable medical and business practices of a Roseville-based cancer center. As the computer-assisted reporting editor, he specializes in acquiring and analyzing data that leads to investigative journalism. Howatt holds two master's degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: one in urban geography and the other in journalism. He is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Minnesota School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Howatt previously worked at Minneapolis-St. Paul CityBusiness, now the Business Journal.
Recent content from Glenn Howatt

Number of Minnesotans lacking health insurance increases

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.
Chasing a better flu vaccine, with science and guesswork

Chasing a better flu vaccine, with science and guesswork

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.

Federal cuts leave future of MinnesotaCare insurance in question

$800 million in federal cuts creates a challenge for MinnesotaCare funding.
Minnesota reports three new child deaths as flu season worsens

Minnesota reports three new child deaths as flu season worsens

The flu has also caused a record number of hospitalizations this year.
Richard Kormanik, retired South High teacher and coach, dies at 75

Richard Kormanik, retired South High teacher and coach, dies at 75

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…
Minnesota hospitals — surprise — have made new discoveries on frostbite

Minnesota hospitals — surprise — have made new discoveries on frostbite

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.
Minn. attorney general sues Trump administration over cuts in federal health funds

Minn. attorney general sues Trump administration over cuts in federal health funds

State is concerned about long-term federal funding for MinnesotaCare.
HCMC plans for downtown gridlock during Super Bowl

HCMC plans for downtown gridlock during Super Bowl

If the downtown hospital becomes overwhelmed, emergency managers will shift patients to other metro hospitals.
Minn. study shows surgery costs vary widely: $6,200 to $47,000 for knee replacement

Minn. study shows surgery costs vary widely: $6,200 to $47,000 for knee replacement

First study of its kind shows wide range in prices for Minnesotans.
Congress indecision paralyzing Minnesota safety net clinics

Congress indecision paralyzing Minnesota safety net clinics

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.
Minnesota flu cases jump sharply

Minnesota flu cases jump sharply

This year's outbreak is now 'widespread' in the state, health officials said.
Rising cost of mental health care vs. other services draws Minn. scrutiny

Rising cost of mental health care vs. other services draws Minn. scrutiny

A study says options are more costly compared with other medical treatment.
Fairview settles state human rights lawsuit over deaf interpreter services

Fairview settles state human rights lawsuit over deaf interpreter services

Fairview will better address training for all hospital staff, clarify policies and report to the state.
Health officials expect Minnesota flu cases to rise

Health officials expect Minnesota flu cases to rise

Hospitalizations from flu-like symptoms jump 38 percent

Blue Cross trying to recoup $4M in overpayments to therapists

Therapists say repaying Blue Cross for its error creates financial burden.
Exercise improves test scores, study of Minnesota students finds

Exercise improves test scores, study of Minnesota students finds

Schools incorporate physical activity in the classroom, plus yoga and other activities, in three-year study.

Congress' inaction on CHIP would cost Minnesota $178 million

New state forecast shows the cost for continuing health coverage of 125,000 children.
Minnesota slows per-patient spending on chronic diseases

Minnesota slows per-patient spending on chronic diseases

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."

For thousands of Minnesota patients, Medicaid will have a new look

Plan lets patients choose their clinic while raising accountability of care.
Barbara Scherek, lifelong nurse and teacher, dies at 85

Barbara Scherek, lifelong nurse and teacher, dies at 85

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…

Ramsey County tuberculosis outbreak has health officials on alert

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.
University of Minnesota names new medical school dean

University of Minnesota names new medical school dean

Dr. Jakub Tolar is a renowned stem-cell researcher.
Dayton, client advocates blast Minnesota HMO for $120M transfer

Dayton, client advocates blast Minnesota HMO for $120M transfer

The move by Medica Health Plans is also reigniting a debate about the role of Minnesota's nonprofit health plans.
U's medical school dean is leaving for Iowa

U's medical school dean is leaving for Iowa

Dr. Brooks Jackson, a prominent researcher from Johns Hopkins, leaves after three years in Minnesota.
Minn. joins suit against Trump's halt to health insurance subsidies

Minn. joins suit against Trump's halt to health insurance subsidies

The state health insurance program receives much of the "cost-sharing reduction" money marked for elimination by the Trump administration.
'Blindsided' by Washington, state officials scramble to save MinnesotaCare

'Blindsided' by Washington, state officials scramble to save MinnesotaCare

For the consumers who rely on MinnesotaCare, it means another stressful time.

Minnesota AIDS Project, Rainbow Health announce merger

The name of the new organization has yet to be determined. The merger will take effect in early 2018.
Gov. Dayton makes second plea for MinnesotaCare

Gov. Dayton makes second plea for MinnesotaCare

In a letter to federal regulators, he asks Washington not to cut off funds for the health program.
Federal health funds for low-income kids, uninsured expiring

Federal health funds for low-income kids, uninsured expiring

Congressional debate about Obamacare has delayed action on bills. Programs are set to end Saturday with the end of the fiscal year.
Health safety net providers fear dwindling savings from drug discounts

Health safety net providers fear dwindling savings from drug discounts

Medicare payment decreases could stifle safety net savings from drug discount program under new regulations proposed by the Trump administration.
Latest health bill in Senate could end up costing Minn. billions

Latest health bill in Senate could end up costing Minn. billions

The Graham-Cassidy bill could defund MinnesotaCare and shift funding from Minnesota to states like Wisconsin. "This takes us back several steps." a Minnesota health official says.
Minnesota drug overdose deaths rose sharply in 2016

Minnesota drug overdose deaths rose sharply in 2016

Health Department calls the extended streak 'alarming.'
Blue Cross payment cuts prompt protest by Minn. mental health providers

Blue Cross payment cuts prompt protest by Minn. mental health providers

State's biggest health insurer says Minnesota has exceeded national averages.
Obit: Shirley Lockwood Larson, singer and vocal coach

Obit: Shirley Lockwood Larson, singer and vocal coach

Shirley Lockwood Larson was one of those kids who loved to sing for guests who visited her parents' home.That love began a lifelong dedication to…
Measles outbreak is over, Minnesota health officials say

Measles outbreak is over, Minnesota health officials say

Last new case was reported 42 days ago, so epidemiologists don't expect more infections.
After nearly five months, Minn. measles outbreak may be over

After nearly five months, Minn. measles outbreak may be over

State health officials have scheduled an announcement for Friday if no new cases are reported.
Source of E. coli that killed 3-year-old Wright Co. girl still a mystery

Source of E. coli that killed 3-year-old Wright Co. girl still a mystery

Tests rule out petting zoo as site where two Wright County siblings picked up bacteria that killed one.
Planned Parenthood announces $6.5M gift, new Mpls. clinic

Planned Parenthood announces $6.5M gift, new Mpls. clinic

A new clinic will be built in the Uptown neighborhood and other facilities in the 19-clinic network will be modernized.
Safety net clinics in Minnesota face loss of federal funds

Safety net clinics in Minnesota face loss of federal funds

As Congress debates health care, $27 million in federal aid for state's rural and needy is in jeopardy. Cutbacks and closures could follow.
If repeal has failed, Minnesota leaders say, try repairing the federal health law

If repeal has failed, Minnesota leaders say, try repairing the federal health law

They point specifically to stabilizing insurance markets and addressing rising health care costs and premiums.
Two Minnesota CEOs weigh in against Senate GOP health bill

Two Minnesota CEOs weigh in against Senate GOP health bill

Repealing Obamacare would cut coverage, undermine medical reforms and raise consumer costs, they argue as U.S. Senate leaders ready a new bill.
Minnesota Health Dept. seeks extra $600K to stop spread of measles, tuberculosis, syphilis

Minnesota Health Dept. seeks extra $600K to stop spread of measles, tuberculosis, syphilis

State seeks extra $600K to control measles, tuberculosis, syphilis.
Minnesota set to lose $2 billion, then more with GOP health bill

Minnesota set to lose $2 billion, then more with GOP health bill

The estimate by the Department of Human Services found those funding losses would multiply in subsequent years.
Minnesota diabetics are in peril as price of insulin spikes

Minnesota diabetics are in peril as price of insulin spikes

Patients put health in peril as they struggle to pay bills. "I only get so much money a month," said one retiree.
With no new cases in two weeks, state's measles outbreak is tapering off

With no new cases in two weeks, state's measles outbreak is tapering off

No new cases in weeks after authorities rushed to contain the outbreak.

State's day care centers have troubling gaps on immunizations

Centers that ignore rules can act as unwitting incubators for the measles virus.
Psychologist Marvin Ack, who dies at 93, gave wisdom to parents, voice to troubled kids

Psychologist Marvin Ack, who dies at 93, gave wisdom to parents, voice to troubled kids

A pioneer in children's health care, he had received training in Freud's method of psychoanalysis — even working with Freud's daughter, Anna.
Harmless measles? Minn. officials want parents to know it's a deadly virus

Harmless measles? Minn. officials want parents to know it's a deadly virus

Measles' impact on children, even after they recover, can last for years.
Four new Minnesota measles cases reported, including two in Le Sueur County

Four new Minnesota measles cases reported, including two in Le Sueur County

Minnesota's measles outbreak has expanded into Le Sueur County with two new cases in unvaccinated children, a development that was expected by health officials as…
Minnesota's 'incident team' races to stop measles outbreak

Minnesota's 'incident team' races to stop measles outbreak

For nearly four weeks, the Minnesota Department of Health had been battling a measles outbreak that is now the state's worst since 1990.
3 measles cases in Crow Wing County bring Minnesota total to 54

3 measles cases in Crow Wing County bring Minnesota total to 54

The latest three cases — all family members — are in Crow Wing County.
Allina limits hospital, clinic visitors due to measles outbreak

Allina limits hospital, clinic visitors due to measles outbreak

The health care system is asking that children under age 5 not visit its hospitals unless they are seeking care, and children under 11 are asked to wear masks.
Three new Minnesota measles cases bring outbreak total to 44

Three new Minnesota measles cases bring outbreak total to 44

All 3 are unvaccinated children in Hennepin County, the center of the outbreak so far.
41 infected: Minnesota measles outbreak now includes first case outside Somali community

41 infected: Minnesota measles outbreak now includes first case outside Somali community

Quarantine is considered as infections spread beyond Hennepin County area, with first non-Somali and first adult cases.

Feds warn Minnesota: Improve kids' dental care in Medicaid

Feds say only 37 percent of kids on Medical Assistance got preventive care in '15.
Anti-vaccine groups step up outreach to Minn. Somalis

Anti-vaccine groups step up outreach to Minn. Somalis

The groups' message for a meeting planned for Sunday at the Brian Coyle Community Center in Minneapolis: "The epidemic is autism, not measles."
5 more cases of measles include first outside Hennepin County

5 more cases of measles include first outside Hennepin County

Five more cases of measles in Minnesota were reported Thursday, bringing the total to 29. Health officials also announced that the outbreak has spread to Stearns County.
With 3 more measles cases, Minn. health officials engage with Somali community

With 3 more measles cases, Minn. health officials engage with Somali community

All cases are still among Somali-American children in Hennepin County. A meeting Wednesday night tried to spread the word to get more kids vaccinated.
Health officials say 20 so far sickened in Minn. measles outbreak

Health officials say 20 so far sickened in Minn. measles outbreak

Eight new infections were confirmed Monday. State health officials said that all of the cases have occurred within the Somali-American community.
Misconception over vaccine helps fuel Minn. measles outbreak

Misconception over vaccine helps fuel Minn. measles outbreak

Misinformation about the measles shot raised fear in many Somali families. Now health officials are reaching out and redoubling their efforts.

Eight TB cases found in Ramsey County, all drug-resistant

Risk to the public from drug-resistant strain is low, health officials say.
STDs hit another record high in Minnesota in 2016

STDs hit another record high in Minnesota in 2016

Syphilis and gonorrhea see double-digit increases; chlamydia remains prevalent.
Six mumps cases confirmed at University of Minnesota

Six mumps cases confirmed at University of Minnesota

U officials urge students to stay in if they feel sick.
2 new measles cases bring total to 11 in recent Minn. outbreak

2 new measles cases bring total to 11 in recent Minn. outbreak

Two more measles cases were confirmed by Minnesota health officials Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections in the current outbreak to 11. Of those sickened, nine are known to have been unvaccinated for the highly contagious disease.
Minnesota confirms 9th measles case, all children unvaccinated

Minnesota confirms 9th measles case, all children unvaccinated

State health investigators are still trying to determine the source of the measles outbreak, the largest in Minnesota since 2011, when 26 people were infected.
Three measles cases confirmed in Hennepin County in unvaccinated toddlers

Three measles cases confirmed in Hennepin County in unvaccinated toddlers

State health officials are investigating the source and whether the illness has spread.
Despite insurance, patients still can't find a dentist

Despite insurance, patients still can't find a dentist

Many dental offices won't accept new patients covered by Medical Assistance — or have dropped out of the program altogether — leaving the state's nonprofit dental clinics overwhelmed with requests. Of the 500,000 children on Medical Assistance, the state estimates that only one-third had seen a dentist in 2015.
Services for thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities are at stake in vote on GOP health bill

Services for thousands of Minnesotans with disabilities are at stake in vote on GOP health bill

GOP 'repeal and replace' plan would slash Medicaid for thousands.
State could lose $80M in public health funds under GOP bill

State could lose $80M in public health funds under GOP bill

The American Health Care Act, which passed two U.S. House committees since its introduction last Monday, would cut $1 billion annually from the nation's public health system.
Minnesotans who study health care repeal plans see huge changes

Minnesotans who study health care repeal plans see huge changes

Republican-led bill would cause wrenching cutbacks but could enhance market forces.
Under GOP plan, Minn. could lose billions for health program

Under GOP plan, Minn. could lose billions for health program

State could lose $1.3 billion in 2019 and more in ensuing years, a state analysis shows.
In Lake City, patients and residents ask: Is Mayo listening?

In Lake City, patients and residents ask: Is Mayo listening?

The hospital's labor and delivery services were phased out two years ago, and then last year three physicians and a nurse abruptly resigned from Mayo's Lake City clinic.
Dr. Waldemar Cruz, cardiologist and audiophile, was in awe of much of the world

Dr. Waldemar Cruz, cardiologist and audiophile, was in awe of much of the world

Whether he was listening to a heart beat through a stethoscope or the songs of Duke Ellington, Dr. Waldemar Cruz paid close attention to the…
The future after Obamacare? Look to Minnesota's past

The future after Obamacare? Look to Minnesota's past

The state's experience with high-risk pools shows that you can cover thousands of people who are denied coverage by private insurers — but that it isn't cheap for the public or the patients.

Minnesota child dies from flu complications as cases multiply

Clinics reported that nearly 5 percent of all patients had flu-like symptoms
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