Buyer beware: How HeathPartners subverts ObamaCare to further enrich themselves

I’m sure all of us have found examples of the evilness of supposedly “non-profit” health insurance companies as they seek to maximize their bottom lines.


Minneapolis march and vigil remembers 147 homeless people who died in 2013

Supporters marched 28 blocks in 15 degree weather on Nicollet Ave.

Minnesota homeless people who died during 2013 were remembered in a December 19 march and vigil in Minneapolis.


Sholom celebrates in-house CNA training program graduates

The first class of Sholom's CNA training program graduated in August. Ten of the graduates were hired by Sholom. (Photo courtesy of Sholom)

Now that the first class of Sholom's Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Home Health Aide program has graduated, Jim McDonald says, "Mission accomplished."


Collaboration to create healthier communities in Minnesota

Health-wise, many other countries look better than the United States. The French, the Germans, the Swedes, the Israelis, for example – they all live longer than we do in the U.S. Our nation currently fixates on Obamacare, with narrow-minded public officials and pundits of all persuasions asserting their positions on how to finance health care, arguing over whom to blame for system problems, and debating alternatives.


Students petition to stop ex-gay therapy in Minnesota

A Minnesota student who was bullied as a teenager because of his sexual orientation has launched an online campaign to get the state of Minnesota to ban a psychological practice called “ex-gay ther


Growing "Farm to Hospital"

A growing number of hospitals are shifting the way they think about protecting and improving health, and taking a closer look at how and where the food they serve is grown. This is great news for the people who receive treatment, work at and visit the hospitals, but it’s also great news for local, sustainable farmers, and could become an important infrastructure pillar in building stronger local food systems.


Rights to water and sanitation now legally binding

On November 21, the U.N. General Assembly’s Third Committee (The Committee) adopted a resolution on “The human right to safe drinking water and sanitation.” All U.N. member states agreed that the rights to water and sanitation are derived from the right to an adequate standard of living. As a result, these rights are now implicitly recognized as being part of International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).


OPINION | Time for a Minnesota public option

Iconic Minnesota figures Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox have been used to promote the state's MNsure health insurance marketplace.

We in Minnesota have been able to watch the brouhaha over the website from a lofty perch. MNsure, our state health exchange, has had a much smoother rollout and has the full support of both the Governor and the Legislature. While the Affordable Care Act has some bumps in the road ahead, it is off to a decent start here in the heartland. That is not a surprise, given that Minnesota has a strong civic culture and a tradition of good government.

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