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Park Nicollet to Cut Off Care to Thousands of Minnesota Seniors
Date:3/19/2008

100 in additional benefits to each senior every year.

"I find it very odd that Park Nicollet would cut off access to longstanding vulnerable patients because it believes, in its wisdom, that the seniors should have chosen a different plan approved by Medicare," Swanson said. "It clearly is not Park Nicollet's role to decide whether a Medicare recipient has chosen an inappropriate Medicare-approved plan and penalize the senior for allegedly doing so."

"This is exactly what's wrong with our healthcare system," Johnson said. "We find plans that benefits our members, but the provider drops the coverage because it isn't making enough money. We're trying to stop Park Nicollet from leaving our seniors out in the cold in order to prevent other providers from doing the same thing in the future."

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The International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49 is a labor union 13,000 members strong in Minnesota and the Dakotas. For more information on this issue or to learn more about Local 49 click on their website. http://www.local49.org


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