Fairview Lakes Auxiliary members visit with legislators at Capitol

Fairview Lakes Auxiliary members Mary Schumacher, Jenny Mayer, Judy Wester, Mary Ann Cooper and Pat Rogowski on the Capitol steps. Attendees not pictured: Wendy Hazzard and Carla Norelius. Photo supplied

Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed Wednesday, March 28, Health Care Volunteer Day in Minnesota. On that day, seven members of the Fairview Lakes Auxiliary were among 120 members of the Health Care Auxiliaries of Minnesota (HCAM) to visit with their representatives at the State Capitol regarding health care concerns. The auxilians heard speakers from the Minnesota Hospital Association and Aging Services of Minnesota. They spoke to legislators about:  keeping hospital community benefit activities local, correcting underpayments to hospitals, ensuring that peer group reporting is reliable, usable and fair, understanding implications of government underpayments and restoring funding for medical education and research costs. They expressed opposition to government-mandated nurse staffing ratios and support for multi-state nurse licensure compact legislation.

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