Health and Human Services

Sen. Sparks: Mayo decision to reduce options in Albert Lea is incredibly disappointing

It is incredibly disappointing when the legislature unites to invest $424 million in the Destination Medical Center in Rochester and then Mayo reduces services in other parts of their service area. I voted for the DMC funding and was very frustrated when the consolidation was announced. I did not expect expansion in Rochester and service reduction in Albert Lea. The DMC was advertised as good for the entire region – the decision to reduce services in Albert Lea appears like Mayo is going back on its word.

Addressing Minnesota’s rising health insurance rates

I am a long-time champion of better health care access and coverage for all Minnesotans. The current rate hikes for MNsure are incredibly troubling, and there is no denying that changes must be made. We can all agree on this. But it is also important to point out that last session, Senate Democrats heard and passed three separate proposals all aimed at reducing the price of premiums.

Sen. Sheran Responds to Blue Cross Blue Shield’s MNsure Departure

Some have recently criticized MNsure in the wake of Blue Cross Blue Shield deciding to no longer participate in the market. Blue Cross Blue Shield has been clear that they are leaving because of instability in the wider healthcare industry, both on and off the MNsure Exchange. That has not stopped certain panicked, partisan voices from using the development to call for MNsure’selimination. These impulses should be resisted.