Hospitals fight budget-cutting plan

Sue Klabo of Mahnomen Health Center

Sue Klabo said Minnesota hospitals like the one she leads face “grave” circumstances if state policymakers make deep health-care budget cuts.

Klabo said her Mahnomen Health Center in northwestern Minnesota is treating a growing number of patients who are uninsured or rely on government-subsidized programs, but faces potential budget reductions that threaten the center’s viability.

“We are financially marginal now,” Klabo, Mahnomen’s administrator, told lawmakers Wednesday. “How are we going to be able to sustain services through this long economic crisis?”

With less than a month remaining in the legislative session, Klabo and other hospital officials from around the state asked lawmakers to avoid cutting hospital reimbursement funds and eliminating Minnesotans from government health insurance programs.

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