ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Incoming Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton plans to make signing an executive order expanding the state’s Medicaid program one of his first official acts.

Dayton will be sworn in Monday. On Tuesday he plans to sign the order in the governor’s reception room at the state Capitol. The public is invited to attend.

A news release from the Democratic governor-elect says expanding the state’s Medicaid program will provide new or improved health care coverage to over 95,000 Minnesotans and retain 20,000 health care-related jobs.

Outgoing Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a likely Republican candidate for president, opposed the Medicaid expansion.

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Comments (20)
  1. Greg Laden says:

    Good for him. Pawlenty dropped the ball on this one.

  2. mcc says:

    Good for him – tons of uninsured that don’t know where thier next meal is coming from will at least as the access to insurance that some of their employers do not provide!

  3. Craig Mensing says:

    And just how much is to cost the tax payers of Minnesota, Oh, that’s right, let’s tax the rich. ( and anybody else that pays taxes in MN )

  4. Johnson says:

    Thank Goodness. Everyone should have access to medical care. As they do education, and drinking water, and roads to drive their precious cars on. Dont the people without cars still pay sales tax, income tax, and other taxes and fees for those roads? To say that Americans shouldnt help to provide for the health care of others is absurd. And very self- centered.

  5. Greg Laden says:

    Craig, I appreciate your philosophy of not using taxes for anything.

    I assume you live this philosophy out in real life, refusing all goods and services that might be linked to taxes. Rods, schools, fire and police, etc. etc.

    It must be nice to be rich and not have to use anyone else’s money!

    1. B. Zimmer says:

      Greg, I couldn’t have said it any better!

  6. barb says:

    Greg Laden….I couldn’t have said it any better!

  7. Seymour says:

    First Offical Act: Increase spending. Genius.

    1. FJF says:

      Health care can be preventive as well as pro-active treatment for infirmities. Preventive health care is also cheaper than treating major illnesses after they occur. When the work force is healthy and making livable wages then health care coverages can be assumed by the worker. All this while the workers, also, pay taxes. It’s a symbiotic quid pro quo.

      It doesn’t take an economic genius or negative prognosticator to figure this fact out!

  8. F J Ferrell says:

    Good for the Governor! A healthy populace means a healthy workforce. A healthy workforce means a healthy workplace. Now when the Governor and the Legislature stimulate the state’s economy with jobs and economic growth with beneficial legislation etcetera then the “healthy” tax revenues come into the state’s treasury. Healthy state revenues mean a balanced state budget.

    You have to start somewhere to get Minnesota on the road to being fiscally and physically healthy again. Governor Dayton took the first step toward a “healthy” MN by signing this Executive Order. Too bad outgoing Gov. Pawlenty didn’t see this step to Minnesota’s fiscal health!

  9. St Paul says:

    I’m liking our new Governor already!!

  10. Norge says:

    MN becoming as stupid as CA. Worst US senator ever getting a jump on becoming the worst MN govenor ever.

  11. mark from says:

    And so it begins, first the spending, and next who will pay for it? All of US!

  12. Dave Seavy says:

    What the complainers don’t realize is that uninsured patients cost far more than Medicade will. By the time a medical bill is written off as uncollectable, efforts to collect have cost the provider, over and above the original upbaid charges. When a provider has to write off sometimes up to 20% as uncollectable, they have to raise their fees to cover the balance. Yes, Medicade will cost taxpayers. I’d rather have my taxes go up slightly to cover this, than to have to pay higher fees to my provider. Until health care insurance becomes affordable to even the lower income and poverty-level consumers, we’ll all have to chip in. Sad, but reality.

  13. Ruben says:

    Atta boy Gov. Prozac – let the spending begin!

  14. Lynn says:

    Just did some reading on what theses changes are: For the first time, the 45 million seniors on Medicare can get free annual physicals. No more co-payments. They’ll get free screenings for diabetes and cancer. That includes mammograms and colonoscopies.

    I don’t mind paying taxes for that.

    Another plus: shrinking the so-called doughnut hole. Medicare patients used to have to pay the entire cost of their prescriptions after they spent $2,830 until expenses reached $6,440. Now, they’ll get a 50 percent discount on certain brand name drugs and pay 7 percent less on generics.

    Hopefully we can keep them from getting on these expensive medications if we keep them healthy in the first place.

    “Thank You”
    Mark Dayton for your part.

  15. Tour Ephesus says:

    very good and very important information….Thank you…

  16. SSTRLE says:

    Bravo to the Gov. Seniors have worked hard all their lives. Why should they go without . Why should they have to decide whether to purchace medication or to eat. SHAME on anyone who doesn’t think this is a good thing.

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