Risks, costs leave GAMC in need of first aid


[Finance & Commerce, April 19, 2010] More than three weeks ago, on March 26, Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a compromise bill that kept alive the general assistance medical care (GAMC) program.

While the deal was celebrated at the Capitol, a staggering representation from Minnesota hospitals told a state House panel last week that they’re going to pass on the deal.

In the Twin Cities, Allina Hospitals and Clinics, three of whose 10 hospitals are eligible to opt into the coordinated care program, says it won’t participate. Essentia Health, which includes St. Marys Hospital in Duluth and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, were among the health care providers who said the deal doesn’t reimburse enough of the cost of providing care.

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