Health reform law drove Hazelden-Betty Ford merger

  • Article by: Jim Spencer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 23, 2014 - 8:54 PM

After joining with Betty Ford, the new institution hopes to serve millions of newly insured patients.

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gemie1Feb. 23, 14 9:14 PM

The Betty Ford Center will do more for Hazelden than the other way around. Palm springs is much nicer in the winter and can cater to a different population. If I needed treatment, I would rather be near Bob Hope Drive than highway 8 in Center City Minnesota.

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jim2011beamFeb. 23, 1411:18 PM

Treating more people will cost more money. If the treatment is fast and effective, it's worth it. But nobody knows what is effective so let's just admit this will cost a lot more money and the taxpayer will end up paying. The proposal of lifetime maintenance is scary but, again, more money. The ACA put a new tax on medical equipment. Did the ACA also add a new tax on alcohol, marijuana, crack, speed, etc., to pay for all this? I don't think so, never heard a peep about it from the media so I guess not. It's not too late. A new tax on all legal and illegal social drugs may be just what's needed.

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