Pawlenty Says No to Medicaid Expansion
DFL lawmakers are criticizing Governor Pawlenty’s decision NOT to sign up for expanded Medicaid health coverage for poor adults. A new state law required the Republican to make a decision. Pawlenty says the expansion would cost the state $430 million over three years without clarity on how the federal government can sustain the program. The health care overhaul requires all states to offer Medicaid coverage to low-income adults starting in 2014; Minnesota is one of several states eligible for an early expansion. Pawlenty’s successor can still opt for the expansion in January.