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Minnesota families waiting for health care funds

Posted on November 08, 2011 at 2:37 PM
Categories: Health

Today, Governor Mark Dayton spoke to the media about Sen. David Hann's decision to block the use of nearly $25 million of federal funds to help thousands of sick, disabled, and elderly people throughout our state.

The grants to the Sate Departments of Health and Human Services would provide funding to connect 5,000 cancer-afflicted Minnesota children and their parents to potentially life-saving research and offer lower cost care alternatives to 17,000 Minnesotans with Alzheimer's disease.

Forum Communications highlighted some of the other impacts of Sen. Hann's decision:

Dayton and his commissioners said thousands of Minnesota could lose health assistance in the next five years, including:

– Those who could benefit from $18 million in aid to people with chronic diseases.

– Children who could receive cancer diagnosis quicker.

– More than a million Minnesotans who use private wells for drinking water; a federal program provides money to manage the wells.


Governor Dayton proclaims Diabetes Month in Minnesota

Posted on November 07, 2011 at 3:18 PM
Categories: Health

Governor Dayton has proclaimed November, 2011 as Diabetes Month, encouraging Minnesotans to join the American Diabetes Association's Stop Diabetes movement to confront, fight, and most importantly, change the future of the deadly disease.

Diabetes is a serious disease with life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and amputation.

In the United States, nearly 26 million people have diabetes and an additional 79 million people are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as 1 in 3 American adults will have diabetes in 2050 if current trends continue.

An increase in community awareness is necessary to fight and put a stop to this trend.

To view the proclamation, click here.


November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month in Minnesota

Posted on November 02, 2011 at 1:13 PM
Categories: Health

In 2010, lung cancer was the leading cause of cancer death in Minnesota, the United States and the world. Among men, 90 percent of these lung cancer deaths are attributed to smoking. Among women, that number is 80 percent. However, because lung cancer can be caused by secondhand smoke, in addition to smoking, those diagnosed often are not smokers themselves.

Increased awareness of these facts plays a critical role in preventing, diagnosing and treating further lung cancer cases. In that spirit, Governor Dayton has proclaimed the month of November to be Lung Cancer Awareness Month in the state of Minnesota.


Governor Dayton announces effort to bring better healthcare to Minnesota

Posted on October 31, 2011 at 2:12 PM
Categories: Health, Commerce

Governor Dayton signed an executive order today establishing a Vision for Health Care Reform in Minnesota. To achieve that vision, the Governor charged a Task Force made up of state leaders in health care to begin developing an action plan outlining how to deliver Minnesotans better health care at a lower cost. As seen in the news release, Governor Dayton said:
“Minnesota historically has led the nation and the world in the quality of our health care systems and the healthiness of our residents.  Minnesota also has been a leader in reforms that have expanded access to quality health care for all Minnesotans.  We must continue to innovate, and there is real urgency to our mission.  Health care costs are rising at unsustainable rate, undermining the budgets of Minnesota families, businesses, and our state and federal government budgets.  The status quo is not good enough; we need to find new ways to delivering better quality health care at a lower price.  The mission of this task force is to provide recommendations about how we best can accomplish this." 


Governor Dayton Receives 2011 Public Official Award at MNA Convention

Posted on October 17, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Categories: Health

Today Governor Dayton received the 2011 Public Official Award at the 2011 Minnesota Nurses Association Convention.

Governor Dayton was chosen as this year's recipient for his leadership on asking the wealthiest Minnesotans to pay their fair share, Medicaid expansion, and protection of workers’ rights.

At this morning's convention, Governor Dayton said:

"I thank you and I thank those of you not here today, your colleagues — please tell them how respectful I am of the dedication and commitment and the importance of what it is that you do — to save lives, improve lives and preserve the quality of health care here in Minnesota. That's why I'm so proud to receive this award and stand with you."

"The hospitals, the nursing homes, the clinics — are not only essential to the quality of life and to people's health care, but they are also the major employers, the major economic engines throughout Minnesota and especially Greater Minnesota."


Governor Dayton declares October Safe Routes to School Month

Posted on October 03, 2011 at 11:14 AM
Categories: Health, Education

The Minnesota Department of Health announced today that Governor Dayton has declared October Safe Routes to School Month to highlight the benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Research shows that kids who walk or bicycle to school are healthier and arrive more focused and ready to learn.

Across Minnesota, Safe Routes to School is a growing movement that has more than 115 schools reaching more than 78,000 students and staff to support more active and healthier lifestyles.

Minnesota's Commissioners of Health, Education and Transportation spoke out on the issue:


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