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WOODBURY, Minn. — When Dr. Gary Konkol writes a prescription at Allina Health Woodbury Clinic, the electronic medical record pops up with messages about drug interactions and, depending on the patient’s insurance and pharmacy, how much it is going to cost. Allina’s prescription pricing tool allows doctors to compare prices and explore more affordable alternatives. It is one way medical providers are addressing rising drug prices and the prospect of patients abandoning prescriptions at the pharmacy due to the inability to pay.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — A Cottage Grove golfer thought he made a $10,000 hole-in-one last month, but a discounted green fee meant he walked away with a $200 bar tab and a heartbreaking story of what could have been. As soon as Matt Dorgan swung an 8-iron on the 16th hole Aug. 2 at the Royal Golf Club in Lake Elmo, he said his buddy told him it looked like a good hit. The tee shot found the green on the par-3 hole, hit the flag and landed about 3 feet behind it. Then the ball started rolling back.
ST. PAUL — A program to help low-income Minnesota families afford child care is at high risk for fraud and error, and human services agencies need to do more to address it, according to the state legislative auditor. The Office of the Legislative Auditor released a second report Wednesday, April 10, reviewing controls for the Minnesota Child Care Assistance Program, or CCAP.
ST. PAUL — Cases of elder abuse and neglect in Minnesota are disturbing, widespread and mostly preventable, according to a new report detailed Tuesday, April 9, at the Capitol by advocacy groups pushing for stronger protections for older and vulnerable adults.