At Least One Death From Legislative Cuts To Emergency Medical Services

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A bill passed in the “dead of the night” at the end of Minnesota’s legislative session drastically cut Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA).

Representative Karen Clark, (DFL-Minneapolis) told The UpTake “I cannot imagine how many people would have to die to change this law. I know there has been at least one death I know of, a person who was in a nursing home when the Emergency Medical Assistance was cut off. They were taken to Hennepin County because the nursing homes aren’t being paid for any more. We can’t keep them here, and that person died.”

This bill had been drafted without any input from the DFL legislators and it included cut off of emergency actions such as dialysis, chemotherapy, psychiatric medication.

The consequences of this action were not recognized until December, 2011, when notices of discontinuance had been mailed out to recipients.

Representative Clark, Senator Jeff Hayden and others are trying to restore these benefits in the new bill being drafted now.

Bill Sorem

Bill Sorem is a longtime advertising professional who started with Campbell Mithun and ended up with his own agency. After a tour as a sailing fleet manager in the Virgin Islands he turned to database programming as an independent consultant. He has written sailing guides for the British Virgin Islands and Belize, and written for a number of blogs. In 2010, he volunteered as a citizen journalist with The UpTake and has stayed on as a video reporter.

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