Medical field ready to follow law

Published 10:35 am Monday, July 2, 2012


By Martin Moylan, Minnesota Public Radio News

ST. PAUL — The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law doesn’t change much for Minnesota’s big medical device companies, hospitals, or health insurers.

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Those businesses had been preparing to follow the law, but have concerns about how it will be implemented.

With about 90 percent of Minnesotans already in a health plan, the insurers covering most Minnesotans do not expect a surge in enrollment.

“I wouldn’t say we’re expecting a significant number of uninsured to suddenly become insured,” said Andrea Walsh, an executive vice president of HealthPartners, whose health care plans cover some 1.4 million Minnesotans.

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