Monthly Archives: January 2013

January 31, 2013

CHA enlists in Enroll America to Expand Health Insurance Coverage

Starting in October, low-income uninsured Americans will be eligible to sign up for Medicaid benefits or health insurance subsidies established in the Affordable Care Act. The insurance benefits take effect Jan. 1, and could potentially provide coverage for 32 million uninsured adults. But getting to that goal will take a massive education and enrollment campaign. Public opinion research shows that an alarmingly large majority of people who stand to gain from the law, know little or nothing about it. (more…)

January 31, 2013

State to Partner with Health Providers to Deliver Better Care at a Lower Cost

Governor Mark Dayton announced today a new reform initiative that will provide better health care for 100,000 Minnesotans and lower costs for taxpayers. In an effort to further improve the state’s Medicaid program, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is partnering with six health care providers to test a new payment model that prioritizes quality, preventive care and rewards providers for achieving mutually-agreed upon health goals. (more…)

January 24, 2013

Medicaid Program Expansion

CHA has recently provided some resources with regard to the expansion of medicaid.  In Minnesota, this has been a primary emphasis of our Governor and will be discussed this legislative session with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). CHA-Minnesota continues to work with the department and legislators on this topic.


January 24, 2013

MN Bishops Address POLST

The Minnesota Catholic Conference has recently issued a Pastoral Statement on Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST). 

Visit here to read the complete statement.


January 24, 2013

Governor Dayton’s Budget Proposal – Health Care Reform

The state budget plan released by Gov. Mark Dayton yesterday seeks to end  the cycle of deficits and put the state on a firmer financial foundation.  We’re just starting to dig into the details of the budget and will talk  about taxes and other issues in future blog posts. Today, we’ll focus on health care reform.


January 3, 2013

Hospital Administator of Two Decades Dies

Sister Marie de Paul Rochester was the last in a long line of sisters to run St. Joseph’s Hospital, a St. Paul institution that stands as Minnesota’s oldest medical center.  But the woman who served as a hospital administrator for nearly two decades also had a sense of humor.  The endless meetings that a hospital chief must attend could be dubbed “the new asceticism,” she told the Pioneer Press in 1978. Of the two men who jointly succeeded her as administrator, she joked: “I say it takes two men to replace one woman.”

Sister Rochester of St. Paul died Wednesday, Dec. 26, at age 99.

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