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Legislators hold health care forum Wednesday in Bemidji

A health care forum featuring state Sen. Linda Berglin, DFL-Minneapolis, will be held Wednesday in Bemidji.

Berglin, who has helped design much of the state’s health care legislation in recent years, will be joined by state Sen. Mary Olson, DFL-Bemidji, in the 10 a.m. event at the American Indian Resource Center on the Bemidji State University campus.

They’ll discuss health care on both state and federal levels.

“I feel it’s important we get beyond the rhetoric and provide residents an opportunity to hear the facts about what is happening in our health care system, and how decisions being made in Washington and St. Paul are affecting northern Minnesota,” Olson said.

Berglin chairs the Senate’s Health and Human Services Budget Division and has been a chief negotiator with House members on conference committees, and with Gov. Tim Pawlenty, on health issues.

The Bemidji Pioneer says they’ll discuss:

  • What federal health care reform means for Minnesotans and the state’s public health care system.
  • How the region was affected by Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s decision not to enroll vulnerable Minnesotans into Medical Assistance.
  • How northern Minnesota hospitals could benefit from a proposed change to provider surcharges.

They’ll also take questions and ask for viewpoints on health care reform.

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