September 13, 2017

Healthcare in Minnesota

A Symposium Considering Contemporary Challenges

Wednesday, September 20  •  University of St. Thomas

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Healthcare reform. The opioid crisis. Gender theory.

These are just some of the emerging challenges on the healthcare landscape in Minnesota about which Catholics should be aware.

Join Minnesota’s bishops, expert speakers, and Catholic healthcare professionals from across Minnesota for this timely and edifying conversation.

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WHO: Clergy, healthcare professionals, and those in related fields
WHEN: 9:00a.m.— Noon; Wednesday, September 20
WHERE: N. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul) – map (#27)
COST: The event is free, but registration is required, as seating is limited.

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Speakers include:

  • Sr. Renee Mirkes, OSF – Pope Paul VI Institute
  • Sally Satel – American Enterprise Institute
  • Meghan Goodwin – U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
  • Fr. John Stabeno – Catholic Charities (Diocese of Camden, NJ)
  • State legislators and local experts
September 1, 2017

The Four Things That Matter Most – Ira Byock, MD – Oct 10

CentraCare Health will sponsor Ira Byock, MD on October 10 to address the community who have elderly family members.  Ira Byock is a leading palliative care physician, author, and public advocate for improving care through the end of life.  (more…)

September 1, 2017

Curatio Retreat; Oct 13-15, 2017

The Curatio Apostolate of Catholic Health Care Professionals was founded for all those who care for the sick: doctors, nurses, nursing home, hospice and clinic professionals, with a mission to promote, support and sustain the “Gospel of life,” and to see Christ in our patients and co-workers.  (more…)

June 15, 2017

Minnesota hospital programs, leaders honored

The Minnesota Hospital Association (MHA) on June 2 honored innovative programs and outstanding leaders in health care at its 33rd annual awards ceremony.

Seventeen awards were given for extraordinary achievement in categories ranging from advocacy on behalf of hospitals and volunteerism to innovation and improvement in patient care and patient safety.  (more…)

May 4, 2017

Keehan (CHA) statement on repeal and replace

Since the American Health Care Act was introduced in the House last month, CHA has said very clearly that this legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would significantly undermine access to health care for many who desperately need it. According to the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation, in the first year under this legislation 14 million people who had just gotten health insurance would lose it, and approximately 10 million more would lose their coverage in later years. In addition, the legislation drastically changes and cuts $880 billion from the Medicaid program, leading to reduced coverage and affordability for millions of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. (more…)
May 3, 2017

Legislative Update – April 28, 2017

After a long week of Conference Committee hearings and testimony it appears as if the legislative leaders have agreed to budget targets … sort of. Over the last two weeks, the leaders have had numerous meetings with Governor Dayton, exchanged letters and held dueling press conferences. This is all very typical behavior at this time of the session, in an attempt to apply pressure and reach agreement. (more…)

April 26, 2017

Proposed House Action Threatens Health Coverage for Millions

Since the American Health Care Act was introduced in the House last month, CHA has said very clearly that this legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would significantly undermine access to health care for many who desperately need it. According to the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation, in the first year under this legislation 14 million people who had just gotten health insurance would lose it, and approximately 10 million more would lose their coverage in later years. In addition, the legislation drastically changes and cuts $880 billion from the Medicaid program, leading to reduced coverage and affordability for millions of our nation’s most vulnerable populations. (more…)

April 22, 2017

Legislative Update – April 21, 2017

This week Medicaid cuts and repeal and replace of ACA was put back on the table.  It sounds like Congress may take another swing at it next week. (more…)

March 25, 2017

Legislative Update – March 24, 2017

Last week the Minnesota House of Representatives released their budget targets, which tell us how they would allocate the state’s projected $1.7 billion surplus for FY 2018-19. Like the Senate targets released earlier in the month, the House targets put the bulk of the surplus to tax reductions and tax aids and credits, and propose a stark decrease in general fund dollars for Health and Human Services. (more…)

March 25, 2017

Proposal debated to stabilize health care: Reinsurance could lower premiums, but premiums could go up anyway

One of the sticking points as Minnesota leaders debate a proposal called “reinsurance” to try to stabilize the state’s individual health care market is how much of an effect it will actually have.

Gov. Mark Dayton, on Thursday, March 16, criticized health insurers for not being willing to make firm promises to sell affordable insurance if lawmakers spend up to $300 million in taxpayer money on reinsurance. (more…)