Any organization that plans to close a hospital in Minnesota would have to give the state Health Department nine months’ notice, there would be a hearing and a report sent to lawmakers — that under a measure proposed but not added to the health-and-human-services funding bill the Senate passed Thursday.  Saint Paul Democrat Erin Murphy says hospital closures have been “driven largely by market share and profit”:

…”the number of facility closures that happened in the southern part of the state under the Mayo Health System.  We’ve seen clinics closing under the auspices of HealthPartners and most recently under Fairview, the Bethesda Hospital and now Saint Joseph’s hospital.”

Ham Lake Republican Michelle Benson says the House has a similar hospital closure measure which will be thoroughly vetted, however…

“It is not, I believe, an answer to our access problems in Minnesota.”