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Letters: Health care issue remains a priority

Health care issue remains a priority June 20, I was the guest of Rep. Brita Sailer at two health care meetings in Park Rapids. We met with administrators and care providers from long-term care facilities, hospitals and other health-related indust...

Health care issue

remains a priority

June 20, I was the guest of Rep. Brita Sailer at two health care meetings in Park Rapids. We met with administrators and care providers from long-term care facilities, hospitals and other health-related industries. The objective of the meetings was to provide an update on recent legislative accomplishments, as well as future legislative goals.

We also wanted to hear directly from the people who are on the frontlines of providing patient care.

The health care providers in the Park Rapids area are finding innovative ways to meet the challenges associated with providing care, maintaining and building facilities and attracting and retaining good staff.

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I also know they need our help - we must find a way to lower health care costs, expand insurance and increase funding so it more adequately covers costs.

We are working diligently on these issues at the state legislature, and what we learned last week in Park Rapids will help us continue to make progress.

I want to thank Rep. Sailer for inviting me to participate in these meetings, and for her leadership on the issue of health care. This is one of the most important challenges facing our state, one that will need a dedicated commitment from state leaders, the health care community and all Minnesotans.

Rep. Paul Thissen

Minneapolis, House Health and Human Services Policy Committee chair

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