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Federal money considered important in supporting MinnesotaCare program.
Hospitals argue that mergers help control costs. Consolidation critics counter that bulked-up hospital systems have power to demand high prices. The debate unfolds further in this deal.
Attorney General Lori Swanson wants to intervene in a federal lawsuit that could block certain subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.
The government's complaint comes in a whistleblower case brought by a former employee in Minnesota.
The innovative subsidiary lost money in the market selling coverage to individuals.
The boards of directors at the Fairview and HealthEast hospital systems have approved a merger effective June 1 to create one of the state's largest health systems.
The continuing standoff between the two medical giants threatens to block an estimated 70,000 patients from visiting Children's at in-network rates starting July 5.
A Board of Regents vote means the two sides can talk through September.
The change, in a large spending bill for health and human services before the Legislature, addresses how nonprofit HMOs can become for-profit insurers.
The deal will add three hospitals and 14 clinics to a network that is one of the state's largest.