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GAMC patients in outstate Minnesota will have few options for care after June 1. The state will only reimburse hospitals, unless a clinic is affiliated with a hospital, which most aren't. That has the potential to overcrowd emergency services in rural Minnesota towns. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

GAMC patients left with few options

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When Minnesota lawmakers rushed home from the capitol Monday they left looming political and societal questions: Who should pay the health care costs of the state's poorest citizens?


Hospital emergency rooms could experience a new influx of indigent, mentally ill patients seeking care because legislators and the governor left them few options, especially in outstate Minnesota.

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Sarah Smith
Sarah Smith is the outdoors editor. She covers courts, business and breaking news in addition to outdoors events.
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