Pawlenty Says No to Medicaid Expansion

governor pawlenty podcast only1 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.



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