Former MN Attorney General Mike Hatch to Speak on Healthcare Crisis Dec. 13 near Rushford

RUSHFORD, Minn. — What is at the root of Minnesota’s current healthcare crisis and what can we do about it? Mike Hatch, who has served as the state’s Attorney General as well as its Commissioner of Commerce, will address those questions during a public Land Stewardship Project (LSP) meeting Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the City Hall in Rushford Village (43038 State Hwy. 30, Rushford Village), two miles west of Rushford. The meeting will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm, with registration and refreshments starting at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For more information, contact LSP’s Paul Sobocinski at 507-342-2323 or

Concerns about healthcare are growing. Costs for individual insurance plans are skyrocketing in 2017, with southeastern Minnesota residents paying the highest prices in the state. Insurance is a major expense for small businesses, and many employer plans remain unaffordable for families. Now there is talk at the federal level of major changes to Medicare and Medicaid.

At the Dec. 13 meeting, LSP organizers and members will explore how the corporate insurance and medical system is driving rising costs, and what can be done to build a system that provides quality, affordable healthcare for all of us.

For people needing assistance finding health insurance coverage for 2017, a navigator from Health Access MN will be available at the meeting, as well as in advance, to help people find the best insurance options through Minnesota’s public healthcare programs and MNsure. The deadline is Dec. 15 to enroll in plans that begin on Jan. 1.