Affordable insulin through the Insulin Safety Net Program

The program serves Minnesotans in need of urgent or continuing access to affordable insulin The Minnesota Insulin Safety Net Program, launched earlier this year, provides a pathway for Minnesotans in urgent need of insulin (less than a 7-day supply on hand) to access the life-saving drug through their pharmacy. The program – implemented by MNsure,…

Suicide bereavement webinar offered

Dec. 1 webinar aimed at agricultural communities affected by suicide The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) will offer a free webinar Tuesday, Dec. 1, about suicide bereavement – what happens to people who are touched by another person’s suicide – in rural communities.

Minnesota National Guard ramps up COVID-19 support

More than 200 Soldiers and Airmen from the Minnesota National Guard have been activated to support the state’s COVID-19 response efforts. This number was expected to increase to over 400 by the end of last week. The Guardsmen will be focused on three specific areas: supporting nasal swab community testing sites, supporting saliva community testing…

CentraCare addresses surging COVID-19 cases

In response to the rapidly growing number of COVID-19 patients being admitted to hospitals throughout our region, Centra Care is implementing additional plans to coordinate and consolidate resources to best serve our communities. Starting Monday, Nov. 23, CentraCare–Sauk Centre will primarily care for COVID-positive patients from around the region. The level of care includes patients…

Allina Health implements new visitor restrictions

The safety of Allina Health’s patients, visitors and employees continue to be our top priority. As safety guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to evolve around the coronavirus (COVID-19), so do our policies at Allina Health facilities. As we continue to monitor the…

MNsure open enrollment runs through Dec. 22

Sign-ups ahead of this time last year Since the start of MNsure’s open enrollment period on Nov. 1, nearly 102,000 Minnesotans have signed up for 2021 private health insurance coverage – approximately 10% more than this time last year. MNsure’s open enrollment period runs until Dec. 22, 2020, a week longer than the federal open…

Mental Illness Awareness Week is Oct. 4-10

Mental Illness Awareness Week is October 4-10. Since 1990, when Congress officially established the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW), advocates have used this time to educate the public about mental illnesses. The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to…

Dock and lift removal is an important time to check for invasive species

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources reminds lake property owners to check boats and trailers, docks, and boat lifts, and all other water-related equipment for invasive species when removing equipment for seasonal storage. While it’s always important to look for invasive species on boats, docks, and other equipment, it is especially important at this time…

How to keep a watchful eye on an aging parent

By Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend any services or technology that help me monitor my elderly mother who lives alone? Since the coronavirus pandemic started last March, my sister and I have noticed that my mom’s health has slipped a bit, so we would like to find something that helps us keep…

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