Worthington Globe: Nobles County’s quest to join PrimeWest halted by state

EXCERPT: “A decision earlier this year by Nobles County Commissioners to spend more than $1.8 million to join the county-based purchasing group, PrimeWest Health, to provide managed care, Medicare and Medicaid for individuals on government-funded healthcare appears to have hit a dead end, at least for now. The county was one of 11 hoping to join Alexandria-based PrimeWest, which already serves 13 counties in Greater Minnesota, including Pipestone County. Participation in PrimeWest, according to Nobles County Human Services Director Stacie Golombiecki, would have given the county more local control and input. ‘We’ve seen that county-based purchasing has helped the counties that they’re in — they help the local providers, not just for Medicaid clients, but all who live here,’ Golombiecki said. Until now, the county had been part of another county-based purchasing group, Southern Prairie Community Care, but that group has disbanded.” FULL STORY: http://bit.ly/2lO0o9R