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Recent news and updates from the Minnesota Nurses Association.

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Nurse Talking To PatientBy Rose Roach, MNA Executive DirectorRose photo

I was honored to serve on Governor Dayton’s Health Care Financing Task Force, which completed its work on January 15, 2016 with a package of recommendations to be forwarded to the Governor and the Legislature. On behalf of the nurses I represented on that task force, I proudly voted yes for the overall set of recommendations which included important steps in providing better access and in some instances, more affordable, healthcare options for patients including: extending MinnesotaCare to cover people up to 275% of Federal Poverty Level; repealing the sunsetting of the provider tax that is needed to continue MinnesotaCare; covering adult immigrants and their children, regardless of immigration status, up to 200% of the Federal Poverty level; and funding an economic study to determine the long-term financing for a healthcare system that puts people over profits.
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By Rose Roach, MNA Executive DirectorRose photo

 

I was honored to serve on Governor Dayton’s Health Care Financing Task Force, which completed its work on January 15, 2016 with a package of recommendations to be forwarded to the Governor and the Legislature. On behalf of the nurses I represented on that task force, I proudly voted yes for the overall set of recommendations which included important steps in providing better access and in some instances, more affordable, healthcare options for patients including: extending MinnesotaCare to cover people up to 275% of Federal Poverty Level; repealing the sunsetting of the provider tax that is needed to continue MinnesotaCare; covering adult immigrants and their children, regardless of immigration status, up to 200% of the Federal Poverty level; and funding an economic study to determine the long-term financing for a healthcare system that puts people over profits.
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Welcome to MNA’s new website!

We’ve redesigned and modernized our website to better serve MNA members. Members told us they wanted a clean, uncluttered design that’s easy to navigate and find ways to get involved and active in our union.

Here are some of the highlights:

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By Mathew Keller RN JD, Regulatory and Policy Nursing Specialist

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In a decision that has shocked pediatric surgeons across the state, Florida recently repealed a 38-year-old rule establishing state standards for pediatric cardiac surgery.

The decision comes on the heels of a scathing investigative report by CNN, which found that St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach had an abysmal record in performing pediatric cardiac surgeries — including a death rate three times the national average — and was failing to meet the state’s quality standards, which include proficiency in performing the surgeries as well as a mechanism for outside physicians to conduct an expert panel review of such surgical programs.
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(St. Paul) – (January 15, 2016) – Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association call on state lawmakers to implement the recommendations of the Governor’s Health Care Financing Task Force, which appointees passed on Friday. Nurses applaud the task force’s work to move Minnesota closer to ensuring that every patient in the state can access affordable healthcare.

Governor Mark Dayton appointed a board of policy experts and healthcare advocates to the Health Care Financing Task Force in 2015. The task force agreed on a slate of recommendations to send to the legislature, including studying different models of payor systems. The board believes lawmakers should study the costs and benefits of a “Single Payer” or a publicly-financed, privately-delivered universal healthcare model.
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(St. Paul) – January 19, 2016 – Minnesota Nurses Association members from five metro hospital systems ratified a new three-year contract that will give them across-the-board wage increases and protect their pensions and health benefits.

The new contract affects 7,000 nurses from Bethesda, Children’s Minneapolis, Children’s St. Paul, Fairview Riverside, Fairview Southdale, Methodist, North Memorial, St. Joseph’s, and St. John’s hospitals.

Last week, nurses authorized their bargaining teams to enter into wage-only negotiations with five of the six hospital systems in the Metro Twin Cities. Only Allina hospital management refused to bargain a wages-only. MNA members and their employers agreed on a tentative agreement on January 14 that established a 2 percent raise for each year of the three-year contract.
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January 15, 2016

(St. Paul) – January 15, 2016 – Twin Cities nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association agreed to terms of a new three-year contract with five of the six hospital systems.  Nurses will vote to ratify the tentative agreement on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.  The MNA negotiations team is recommending nurses ratify the agreement.

The new contract begins June 1, 2016 and covers 6,000 nurses at Fairview Southdale and Riverside facilities, Children’s Minneapolis and St. Paul hospitals, Methodist, North Memorial Medical Center, and HealthEast’s Bethesda, St. Joeseph’s, and St. John’s hospitals.  Current benefits, including health coverage and pensions, would carry over to the new contract.
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