Dayton opts for Medicaid health expansion in Minn.ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is deepening Minnesota's participation in the federal health care overhaul.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Gov. Mark Dayton is deepening Minnesota's
participation in the federal health care overhaul.
The Democratic governor is set to sign an executive order on
Wednesday that will expand the Medicaid program for vulnerable
Dayton's predecessor, Republican Tim Pawlenty, had declined the
expansion because he opposes the health care law. Republicans who
lead the Legislature are also wary of the move because it requires
additional general fund dollars in a time of deficits.
But Management and Budget Commissioner Jim Schowalter says
Minnesota will come out roughly even on the expansion when all
state health care costs and savings are accounted for.
The Medicaid expansion will funnel more than $1 billion to
medical providers while covering 12,000 uninsured adults and
improving coverage for tens of thousands more.
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