ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s push to involve Minnesota in the federal health care overhaul has resulted in a $187.4 million grant to keep elderly and disabled Medicaid patients out of institutional care.

Federal and state human services agencies announced the funding on Tuesday. Minnesota is one of 13 states to get the demonstration grant under the health care law, and landed the largest amount.

The state went after the grant after Dayton took office and reversed Republican predecessor Tim Pawlenty’s order directing state agencies to avoid discretionary participation in the health care law.

State Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson says the grant will help some of Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents.

The grant is spread over five years. Minnesota is due to get $13.4 million in the first year.

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Comments (13)
  1. john says:

    and who in the heck is going to pay for it the non union workers !

  2. john says:

    democrats love that money so they can control the weak as usal

  3. Jessica says:

    if you can’t spell the word usual it seems you missed out on some education funding.

  4. Keep your hand out... says:

    For those upset….remember, money comes from magical caves and doesn’t cause any inflation when more is found. Someday we’ll all have all the money we need if we just keep voting Democrat! Seriously, Mark Dayton is completely incompetent. However, there is a way to profit from what he, and Obama, will do to our country. Buy TBT. This will short US Treasury debt…when the world figures out we can’t pay back our debt, you’ll make money. Don’t get mad, make money off these people….and smile.

  5. tiredandretired says:

    Instead of complaining about this benefit to the people of Minnesota, shouldn’t we be glad for the benefits it will bring to our elderly? Or, are you folks so self-centered that you would throw Grandma under the bus, in order to make a political point? Jesus instructed us to do just the opposite.

    1. Jason says:

      Isn’t that why Granny and all of us pay in to MEDICARE.

  6. Young and not wanting to pay your debt says:

    Great point…except the government doesn’t make money…it comes from someone, either in current taxes, or the issuance of debt (more likely)! Who do you think has to repay this debt? Let me help, our children when they grow up. So, you can celebrate the elderly that benefit today, and I’ll feel sorry for the children that will live a lower standard of living because we’ll need their money to pay back our debt. It’s not a political argument, it’s a reality that most of us have to live with. In any case, I am not paying the debt back, so my argument cannot be defined as self-centered. Good attemtp at reducing an honest disagreement down to a character flaw….look in the mirror.

  7. Uriah says:

    Funny how they left out the part that ‘requires’ minnesota to pick up the tab when the grant runs out.

  8. dale says:

    great job our great governor dayton

  9. Ro says:

    thank you mark dayton for starting Minnesotas journey Back to the Dark Ages! This was the reason so many of us fought for the recount,fight for voter ID. 26 other states in the union see this bill for what it is. Wake up Minnesota!

    1. dphilips says:

      Wake up ?! Its about time a governor stepeps up and starts turning around
      Pawlentys tyrannical policies!

  10. dphilips says:

    Thats right all you teaparty hillbillies1 Dont help anybody but yourselves!
    Kudos to Gov Dayton for standing up and doing what is right

  11. b says:

    Democrats care about the eldery only republicans are the ones complaining because they only care about money

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