Mark Dayton To Sign Medicaid Executive Order

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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