ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Among the budgetary items up for debate in the Legislature is whether or not to discontinue Minnesota Care on the eve of implementing the Federal Affordable Care Act, which take effect Jan. 1, 2014.
At first glance, some may consider the two universal plans redundant. However, Human Services Commission Lucinda Jesson says that is not so. Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget for MinnCare removes the $10,000 annual cap on hospital stays and fills a vital gap for the working poor falling between the Federal healthcare exchange and Medicaid.
“Certainly there would be an option for the state to say, look, we don’t need to continue Minnesota Care, we’ll just let those people go on to the exchange and purchase insurance using federal subsidies. The reason the Governor thinks that’s not as good a deal is that Minnesota Care, although having sliding scale premiums, those premiums are more affordable,” says Jesson.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Chris Simon Reports