health care

The Affordable Health Care Act.  The American Health Care Act. Obamacare.  Trumpcare.  Repeal and replace.

Floating amidst that word cloud we hear "single-payer health care" more and more.

So we turned to an expert to learn just what that is.

Photo courtesy Laura Lhokta

Laura Lhokta was raised on the White Earth Nation in northwestern Minnesota, and she's looking forward to going back when she completes her schooling.

Laura is a medical student at UMD who plans to go home to her tribal community after she graduates.

She talks of the family and friends she has cheering her on back home, but admits it's not that way for every kid on the reservation.

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Four recommendations stood out among the 33 that Governor Mark Dayton's Health Care Finance Task Force approved late last month, including one to restore many working families' eligibility for MinnesotaCare and another to provide affordable health care coverage options for undocumented immigrants and their families.

Caitlin Nielson

If you give him a minute, Jamie Harvie is the kind of person who can tell you how all kinds of disparate things are connected.

Take for example, the upcoming Accountable Communities conference, put together in part by Harvie's Institute for a Sustainable Future. There, you'll learn how a gathering ostensibly billed as a health conference connects personal, economic, social and environmental health as well.

Housing as health care?  Harvie says it's all a question of "putting things in right relationship."

Avera Health

More and better internet infrastructure in rural Minnesota is creating a virtual "perfect storm" of benefits when it comes to health care.

The ability of larger hospitals to extend their services to small rural hospitals via telecommuting and teleconferencing means patients can stay in their homes and communities when they're ill, small hospitals don't have to close, and small communities hang on to jobs.