Memorial Day and disabled survivors of war

About three weeks ago, my wife and I stopped downstairs after 9:30 Mass at Basilica for our usual coffee and conversation.

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Medical device tax's research and development impact

Today, I'm aiming to address a very narrow question: has the Affordable Care Act's medical device excise tax had an impact on research and development? The answer is simple: no.

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MNsure makes a difference for more than 220,000 Minnesotans

More than 220,000 Minnesotans now have quality, affordable health insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act and MNsure, our state-based health insurance exchange where individual Minnesotans and small businesses can shop for, compare and enroll in health insurance.

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Legislature invests in health equity

While Minnesota is one of the healthiest states in the nation, our state also has some of the worst disparities in terms of health outcomes between white residents and people of color. This February, Minnesota’s Department of Health (MDH) released Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota, which documents just how severe these disparities are and makes recommendations for how Minnesota can make sure all Minnesotans have the opportunity to live healthy lives, regardless of factors including race, income or sexual orientation.

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Medical marijuana bill makes its final passage from House

Medical marijuana has cleared its final hurdle in the legislative branch and now awaits the governor’s signature before it becomes law.

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House and Senate emerge with medical marijuana compromise

Surrounded by advocates and lawmakers, Rep. Carly Melin describes provisions of an agreement on a medical cannabis proposal that is expected to come to a House vote Friday. (Photo by Paul Battaglia)

The father of a child who would benefit from medical marijuana legislation said advocating for such legislation is like a wild roller coaster ride that went from the appearance of dead bills to speaking to representatives and senators to the compromise of today.

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Environmental Justice and Health Alliance report: People of color most vulnerable to toxic chemical disasters

Blacks, Latinos and other people of color, and low-income residents are disapportionately in harm’s way if a worst-case factory disaster occurs.

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When a pay raise costs too much

Minnesota’s anti-poverty programs are intended to incentivize work for those who are able, meaning that earning more money is usually a more lucrative deal than earning less money and remaining on public assistance. However, sometimes the numbers get a little wonky, creating “cliffs” where people lose a lot of assistance for earning just a little bit more money.

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Sen. Dibble letter to Dayton and Melin raises serious questions about House medical cannabis bill

Minnesota state senator Scott Dibble (DFL-Minneapolis), author of the veto-proof Senate bill legalizing and regulating medical cannabis, has sent a letter to Governor Mark Dayton and Representative Carly Melin (DFL-Hibbing) about medical cannabis observational study bill that the House passed Friday.

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