Minnesotas governor vetoed a bill that would prevent healthcare providers from collecting and using financial and medical debt information prior to caring for patients.
Gov. Tim Pawlenty, in his veto message, described the bill as extremely broad and said ambiguity could force significant changes in the delivery of routine medical services in Minnesota and unnecessarily impact the costs to Minnesotans.
Minnesotas attorney general criticized the veto. We shouldnt send patients into a financial death spiral simply because they get sick, Lori Swanson said in a prepared statement. The bill passed Minnesotas Senate 54-9 and the states House 86-44. -- by Melanie Evans