Sanford Health

(St. Paul, MN) -- A bill is moving forward in the Minnesota House that would give the state Health Department the authority to review the planned merger of the Fairview health system with South Dakota-based Sanford. Ramsey Republican Harry Niska asked why a Health Department review when the attorney general is already investigating? Apple Valley Democrat Robert Bierman responds the Health Department has statewide data. Niska said it seems like we're," rushing to add another roadblock (to the merger)." The University of Minnesota and Attorney General Keith Ellison's Office are asking Fairview and Sanford to delay the proposed March 31st merger date.