Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 15, 2010

There are two daunting tasks facing Minnesota hospitals now that Gov. Tim Pawlenty and legislators have struck a deal to continue state-funded healthcare for the state's poorest and sickest residents, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: First, create a new system to provide comprehensive medical care for 32,000 adults, many of them homeless and chronically ill, add social work and psychological counseling, do it on a budget slashed from $219 million to $91 million—and roll it out in 12 weeks. Second, convince skeptical users of General Assistance Medical Care that the best care starts in a low-cost medical clinic, not an expensive hospital emergency room.

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