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Jeremy Olson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter covering health care for the Star Tribune. Trained in investigative and computer-assisted reporting, Olson has covered politics, social services, and family issues.

A University of St. Thomas graduate, Olson completed fellowships at the Kaiser Family Foundation, Poynter Institute and New York Times. Honors include a Premack Public Affairs award for scrutinizing a schizophrenia drug trial, a SABEW award for uncovering abuses of meatpackers, and a Casey Medal for examining deaths in foster care. His Pulitzer-winning series on child care led to a decline in child deaths. Olson and his family live in Edina.


Minnesota legislation targets health insurers' power to block medical care, medications

House bill would prevent redundant insurance red-tape for treatment of chronic diseases. The fate of prior authorization will be decided in the session's final days.


Wildfire smoke is linked to more emergency room visits for heart attacks

Short-term health impacts of poor air quality have been apparent in Minnesota. Research is trying to assess the long-term consequences as well.


Minnesota eyes 'sprint' paramedics to ease rural shortages, lagging emergency response

Legislature considers $6 million to test the use of chase vehicles that would respond to medical emergencies on the Iron Range and in the northwest lakes region.


University of Minnesota strengthens case to treat COVID with metformin, not ivermectin

The common anti-diabetes drug lowered viral loads and reduced risks of a second wave of COVID-19 illness in patients.


To the chagrin of surviving spouses, medical debts in Minnesota can outlive patients

Senator who enabled spousal liability for medical debts of deceased loved ones calls practice "repulsive" and wants state law repealed.


Minimum wage proposed for Minnesota's nursing home workers

Recommendation by union-backed state standards board seeks to stabilize staffing at nursing homes that are in rising demand in Minnesota.


One day in the frantic life of a Children's Minnesota emergency room nurse

The pediatric provider revealed life in its St. Paul emergency department as part of a hiring campaign to beat other Minnesota hospitals to scarce nurses and caregivers.


Sexually transmitted diseases in Minnesota are down, but HIV and newborn syphilis cases are up

Rises in HIV cases among Hispanic Minnesotans, and syphilis cases among women, suggest an emerging front in fight against sexually transmitted diseases.


Medical debt shuffle: Allina sells bills to itself to sue patients

Minnesota lawmaker wants to ban the practice of selling medical debt and incentivizing collectors to aggressively pursue patients.


Mahnomen hospital shutters inpatient beds to survive, a first in Minnesota

The northwest Minnesota hospital is converting to a rural emergency center that stabilizes patients but offers no inpatient beds for prolonged care.