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Published January 05, 2011, 06:15 AM

Minn.'s Dayton to scrap Pawlenty health order

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton will sign an order Wednesday that reverses his Republican predecessor's policy barring state agencies from seeking certain discretionary federal health grants.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton will sign an order

Wednesday that reverses his Republican predecessor's policy barring

state agencies from seeking certain discretionary federal health

grants.

A press release announcing Dayton's schedule said he would issue

an executive order "to remove the ban on requests for federal

assistance" enacted by then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty. He is due to take

questions about the step at his first news conference as governor.

Pawlenty clamped down on grant applications to protest President

Barack Obama's signature health law. By state law, his order would

have remained in place for three months after leaving office.

Dayton's new directive will scrap the old one sooner.

A second, widely publicized order Dayton will sign Wednesday

would make Minnesota eligible for federal Medicaid money to expand

a program for low-income adults.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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