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Rep. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, explains her idea to provide coordinated care for GAMC patients so they are treated before reaching more expensive emergency room care during a House forum Thursday morning at North Country Regional Hospital. At left is House Health and Human Services Policy and Oversight Chairman Paul Thissen, DFL-Minneapolis, and at center is Rep. John Persell, DFL-Bemidji. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Health care cuts increases ER visits


State cuts to health care for Minnesota's poorest adults means a 28-year-old diabetic may go without insulin, or a 63-year-old diabetic alcoholic with cancer goes without treatment.

"You need to put a face to who this is going to impact," Margaret Demers, North Country Regional Hospital lead social worker, told a Minnesota House panel Thursday morning about the effect of eliminating the General Assistance Medical Care program.

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