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Opioid deaths in Minnesota, Heroin deaths
  • August 9, 2017

Minnesota’s Impending Crisis: Dangerous New Opioids

Over the last few years, Minnesota policymakers and medical providers ramped up the pressure to slow down the rate of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids. When you compare Minnesota to other states in the Upper Midwest, it is fairly similar in age-adjusted opioid and overall overdose death rates; despite having a relatively low mortality […]

aedes aegypti climate change minnesota
  • August 1, 2017

Climate Change Will Wreak Havoc on Our Summers and Our Health

Many people don’t connect the growing concern of a warmer climate and carbon emissions to the everyday impact on our lives. Many think of climate change as a problem that must be addressed, but not the imminent consequences. A recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine detailed the death risk associated with […]

HCMC, Medicaid Buy-in, FQHC
  • July 24, 2017

The Future of the Market Under Medicaid for All

The current debate over what ails the Affordable Care Act marketplaces allows for room to discuss the current construction of the individual market. How would the individual market continue to function if most users switched to the public option? And if the private market declined dramatically, what would happen to clinics and hospitals if their […]

Pharmacist with patient
  • July 21, 2017

The Cost of a Medicaid for All Buy-in

With the recent discussion of a buy-in option for Medicaid, how could this plan impact the uninsured population of Minnesota? The preceding article discussed the generalities of a Medicaid buy-in, and this article will continue that analysis by examining the impact of a buy-in, since determining individual contributions is crucial to lowering the cost for […]

  • July 18, 2017

Medicaid for All in Minnesota?

Earlier this year, the Nevada legislature passed a bill that would allow all Nevadans to purchase a health care plan through Medicaid. This plan lacked major details and was ultimately vetoed, but it certainly warrants a look as to whether this would help Minnesota insure all its residents. Medicaid is a federal health care program […]

MUAs, MUPs, and HPSAs
  • June 23, 2017

Cutting Medicaid Would Devastate Rural Hospitals and Health Centers

The American Health Care Act is quietly reentering the political sphere six weeks after it passed the House of Representatives by an incredibly narrow two-vote margin. While details on the Senate version are scarce (authors of the Senate bill will not release it before the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scores it), rumors and leaks indicate […]

Food deserts in the state of Minnesota
  • June 8, 2017

Addressing Minnesota’s Food Deserts: More Than a New Grocery Store

The built environment has long been an obstacle in fighting the obesity epidemic, and food deserts specifically have increasingly become a major public health priority for Minnesotans. Food deserts (or food swamps, as a better analogy) are areas with poor access to affordable, healthy food. The term isn’t just a statement on the poor availability […]

State Medicaid Spending
  • June 6, 2017

The Consequences for Minnesotans in the HHS Budget

Last week, Governor Dayton signed the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget bill, despite serious reservations about some of the provisions. Conservatives claim that the bill saves up to $510 million in the coming biennium; however, hundreds of millions of dollars claimed as savings are based on faulty assumptions, pilfering revenues from other funds, and […]

Under 21 No Tobacco
  • May 22, 2017

The Merits of Expanding Edina’s New Tobacco Law

The Edina City Council recently passed an ordinance that raises the minimum age of tobacco sales up to 21 years old, making it the first city in Minnesota to do so. This proposal has already gained traction with other Minnesota cities, and could eventually be considered statewide. Raising the tobacco sales age to 21 years […]

Measles Cases in MN
  • May 12, 2017

Measles Outbreak Demonstrates Why Vaccines Matter

Minnesota is receiving national attention for its measles outbreak. As of May 11th, 49 children in Minnesota have already contracted measles in 2017. This is an astonishingly high number: from 2001 to 2016, there were only 46 cases of measles, and that included an outbreak of 26 children in 2011. Using data from the Minnesota […]