Smile, You Are On Telehealth Camera

Angie Lundsten was thrilled. The Hayward, Wis., woman sat in her local medical clinic telling Dr. Stephen Park she had lost 15 pounds in the past month. “I have struggled with my weight a lot,” she said, but after trying two other doctors, she said she is on the right track with Park. “It was…
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Mentally Ill Lack Treatment Options

A mentally ill person should not be treated for the disease in an emergency room. Or sitting in a jail. But that is what often happens in rural Minnesota, where there are not enough health care professionals such as psychiatrists to treat them. And there are not enough psychiatric hospital beds even if the professionals…
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Dental Students Exposed To Rural Practice

Estrella Paxtor Lopez sat motionless in the dental chair, a perfect patient. Dental student Nick Schulte and dental assistant Sara Enderle worked on her teeth with nary a problem. It was a Friday pediatric day at the Rice Regional Dental Clinic in Willmar, a rare service that brings dental work to rural Minnesota. Most counties…
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Klobuchar Says Troubled Health Care Bill Shows Need For Bipartisan Work

Republican-written federal health care legislation that appeared lacking enough votes to pass is proof a bipartisan effort is needed to fix the issue, U.S.Sen. Amy Klobuchar told a national audience. “Put politics aside and put the people first,” the Minnesota Democrat said during a 90-minute CNN health care legislation debate with three Senate colleagues Monday…
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Minnesotans Want Medicaid To Continue

Kate Swenson says Americans do not understand what Medicaid does. For her family, “Medicaid means my son can live at home,” the Cottage Grove, Minn., said Monday, Sept. 25, as Medicaid advocates gathered in Gov. Mark Dayton’s office to say they worry about a Republican-written bill due to come up soon in the U.S. Senate.…
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