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Lawmaker wants special session to address nursing home funding

A northwestern Minnesota state representative wants Gov. Tim Pawlenty to call a special legislative session to increase nursing home funding.

There is no indication that will happen, but Rep. Kent Eken, DFL-Twin Valley, said it should be a priority.

"The final (health care) bill signed by the governor did not even provide enough to cover inflation for our struggling nursing homes," Eken said.

The lawmaker said nursing homes not only care for the elderly, but they provide jobs for rural residents. "Nursing homes are an important economic engine in our communities."