Healthcare

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Hospitals hit lowest point of staffed bed availability during pandemic

Not even the massive fall/winter surge in 2020 led to a capacity crisis like this.

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Minnesota DFL lawmakers form Reproductive Freedom Caucus

The move comes as some Republicans explore proposals to limit abortion access.

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Allina workers reach 'tentative agreement' days before strike deadline

The agreement includes a 5% pay increase, along with workplace safety improvements.

Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.

Allina workers threaten strike after late-night bargaining session breaks down

The union's bargaining team says the sides remain "deeply divided."

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Mayo Clinic makes $727M profits in 2020 despite pandemic

The clinic cited philanthropic gifts, investments and alternative revenue sources.

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U of M gets $5M donation for new center to address racial inequality in healthcare

Using a donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, the School of Public Health will work to address racial disparities in healthcare.

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Walz reveals rollout plans for COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota

Those most susceptible to the virus will be first in line, along with those who care for them.

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Relief fund will support families of healthcare workers who died of COVID-19

Dr. Michael Osterholm has partnered with the St. Paul and Minnesota Foundation to launch the Frontline Families Fund.

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MN hospitals urge Gov. Tim Walz to mandate masks statewide

The MN Hospitals Association says there is a narrow window to slow the spread.

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Twin Cities doctor dies from COVID-19

An online fundraiser aims to help return his body to Tanzania for burial.

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UCare cutting premium costs for members during pandemic

Healthcare claims are lower than expected, so it's providing some financial relief.

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National Guard flyovers to honor healthcare workers in 38 MN cities

There's a schedule detailing when you can expect them to arrive.

Minnesota nurse Lisseth DeGracia in New York.

MN nurse describes harrowing coronavirus experience in NY hospital

Lisseth DeGracia volunteered to go the front lines of the pandemic.

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Twin Cities urgent care clinic opens 'clean sites' for non-coronavirus cases

There's been "confusion and fear" over where to go for medical help.

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Coronavirus stats: Key points from Minnesota's new data site

The site is interactive and allows updated information for supplies and hospital capacity.

Lawmakers pass $200M emergency coronavirus funding bill

The bill passed the House and Senate in the early hours of Tuesday.

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MN insurers won't charge for a COVID-19 test, but might for an office visit

Getting tested for COVID-19 might not be free even if you're fully insured.

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Minnesota House passes paid family and medical leave bill

The legislation comes as health officials are urging sick workers to stay home as COVID-19 spreads.

The Mayo Clinic made more than $1 billion profit in 2019

It's the first time the Rochester health system passed the figure.

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MNsure health plan rates remain stable in 2020

Welcome news for those who buy individual health insurance.

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Health insurer to cap insulin prices for Minnesota patients

The move comes as rising costs have prompted action at the state Capitol.

Franken makes tentative return to public limelight with healthcare podcast

The former senator has been quiet since stepping down amid inappropriate conduct allegations.

WaPo accuses Erik Paulsen of misleading voters over healthcare fact check

Paulsen is one of 7 Republicans the newspaper says are misleading voters.