Yet the former state senator has found herself with plenty of things to do since she decided to move on from the
"I knew that I would not be disappearing," Sheran said. "It would just be impossible for me to not be paying attention to what's happening, and to care about what policies are being established to support people in our communities."
Sheran is a longtime advocate of the
Since then, she was a large-scale champion of health policy. As a registered nurse and a college professor, Sheran was one of the leading DFL lawmakers on
Her work is still bearing out today. In 2016, Sheran proposed starting the process to allow MinnesotaCare, the state's public health option, to be sold on MNsure's individual insurance market to offer an alternative amid skyrocketing insurance prices. Sheran had wanted to offer MinnesotaCare to residents since before the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2011, but put aside her work as
"I really believe that it is, even without the Affordable Care Act, the right thing to give people the right to purchase a premium product," she said.
Sheran will stay busy this year as state and federal lawmakers debate health care reform. A Republican-controlled
Sheran has also tried to keep a low profile to allow Sen.
"It's certainly something I've immersed myself in and know a lot about," she said.
She's also looking into helping
All of that means she won't have much time to herself, but Sheran isn't worried. She spent the winter in
"I'm just starting to get my legs under me," she said with a laugh. "I'm just starting to figure out what to do with myself."
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