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A New Report Reveals the Impacts of Health Inequities in Minnesota


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A NEW REPORT FINDS THAT ADDRESSING MINNESOTA'S HEALTH-INEQUITIES COULD SAVE MORE THAN 760 LIVES--AND TWO-AND-A-QUARTER-BILLION DOLLARS--ANNUALLY.  THAT TRANSLATES TO OVER 400 DOLLARS, FOR EVERY MINNESOTAN.  JANELLE WALDOCK IS WITH "BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MINNESOTA"--WHICH COMMISSIONED THE STUDY...

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DESPITE BEING ONE OF THE HEALTHIEST STATES OVERALL, MINNESOTA ALSO HAS SOME OF THE WORST INEQUITIES.  THIS REPORT HIGHLIGHTS THEIR IMPACTS--INCLUDING THE SPECIFIC CHALLENGES FACING COMMUNITIES-OF-COLOR, AND THE 'AMERICAN INDIAN'-COMMUNITY.  THESE INCLUDE HIGHER RATES OF DIABETES, KIDNEY-DISEASE, AND MAJOR CARDIOVASCULAR-DISEASE.  WHAT'S MORE, ADDRESSING HEALTH-INEQUITIES IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS:  THAT'S BECAUSE MINNESOTA'S JOB-MARKET IS APPROACHING FULL-CAPACITY--WITH MORE JOB-OPENINGS THAN PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR THEM.  BY ADDRESSING INEQUITIES, BUSINESSES CAN INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY--AND LOWER COSTS.  A LOT OF WORK REMAINS--BUT, BY TAKING CLEAR STEPS, MINNESOTA CAN BEGIN TO ACHIEVE BETTER HEALTH, FOR ALL."

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FOR MORE ABOUT "THE COST OF HEALTH-INEQUITIES IN MINNESOTA", VISIT "BLUE-CROSS-M-N"-DOT-COM.



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