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“Minnesota hospitals are proud to put our innovative leadership on this issue and our commitment to patient care at the forefront,” said Bruce Rueben, President of the Minnesota Hospital Association. “The continuation of this agreement marks the commitment of Minnesota hospitals to do the right thing for patients and to solve a national problem together.” Swanson noted that health care debt is the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States and that many uninsured patients are struggling to bear the burden of health care costs for themselves and their families. Swanson also commended Senator Linda Berglin for her role in solving the problem. Swanson recalled that in 2005 he testified with Senator Berglin about the laws to solve the problem. “Senator Berglin has long been a leader in health care and the uninsured and has consistently demonstrated their commitment to improving access to health care and equity in medical billing for all Minnesotans,” said Swanson. Under the agreement: Under the agreement, Minnesota hospitals will not charge more uninsured patients when they charge their largest insurance companies for the same service. The agreement also contains guidelines for more equitable medical recovery practices. The current agreement extends for another five years a groundbreaking agreement, previously reached in May 2005 between the U.S. Attorney`s Office and Minnesota Hospitals, where Minnesota became the first state in the country to address this national issue. (The initial agreement was for a two-year trial period).

“Our office has worked hard with hospitals to ensure that this successful agreement, which is the first of its kind in the nation, continues to work for the people of Minnesota. I recommend that Minnesota hospitals and their associations continue to lead in solving this national problem,” Swanson said. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and Minnesota Hospital Association Bruce Rueben announced last week an agreement between the Minnesota Attorney General`s office and all Minnesota hospitals that sets medical billing and collection standards for all Minnesota hospitals. Next article: First data completed instant cash purchase… www.insidearm.com/news/00007012-minnesota-medical-billing-and-collection-/.