Health reform progresses in Minnesota

Projects intended to grow community-based services and increase independence are moving forward under the Department of Human Services’ Reform 2020 plan.

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I have a disability, and I am a Jew: Thoughts on Metro Mobility and religious access

I am a Jewish woman who uses a wheelchair and I have a difficult time getting to my synagogue in Minnetonka for Shabbat Services. I’m also a member of the Board of Trustees.

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Transportation, day-care problems can lead insured poor to ER for routine care

Officials in Minnesota have found over the years that even those in government-paid insurance plans often avoid routine medical care and end up using the ER as their health care resource. (Creative Commons/Taber Andrew Bain)

Problems with transportation and child care can be reasons that low-income people, even those with insurance, use emergency rooms for care rather than go to clinics or doctor's offices for preventative care, a new study shows.

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Minnesota Senators introduce ban on "ex-gay" therapy, identical bill now pending in both houses of the state legislature

Minnesota senators have introduced a bill that would prohibit those with professional licenses from engaging in “reparative therapy” in regard to sexual orientation and gender identity for those under the age of 18. If the bill passes, therapists who provide such therapies to youth risk losing their licenses to practice.

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Twin Cities campus to go smoke-free in July

The University of Minnesota will become a smoke-free campus this summer.

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Knowing what medical procedures cost important to customers

When I worked for the Citizens League, we did this work (Citizens Solutions) around health care reform and convened hundreds of Minnesotans to talk about i

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Energy coop uses lantern workshops to bring families, communities together

Communities of Light Cooperative is a self-sufficiency, training and assessment organization whose first product is solar energy-related. In 2009 an organization named Communities of Light was formed by several Phillips Neighborhood residents, and in 2010 they began their Solar Lanterns and Solar Generators project/workshops due to great interest in helping to build healthier neighborhoods.

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Did weepy messaging about suffering kids kill real medical marijuana reform in Minnesota?

Much is being made about a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll: Majority support legalization of medical marijuana. That seems like good news for those of us who want marijuana made legal if heavily regulated and available by prescription from doctors.

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Minneapolis Adult English learners to help Allina serve underserved populations

More than 40 adult immigrants in Minneapolis Public Schools’ Adult Education program have signed on to learn more about training so they can help Allina Health serve some patients at one of the most crucial times: death.

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$3.5 million too much to spend to give kids lunch in school

$3.5 million is too much to spend to make sure low income children get to eat lunch at school. I wouldn’t have thought so either, but Sen Sean Nienow has shown me the light: “If the problem is that we have one or two or 10 or 50 or 100 or 1,000 kids that have a parent that [isn't] fulfilling their responsibility, well then let’s look at targeting the resources to fix that problem, and not spend it on all 60,000 kids.”

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