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Federal, State Officials Seek Ways To Preserve MinnesotaCare

Officials have been working to preserve -- after the federal health law takes effect -- this health insurance program for lower-income residents who lack coverage through their jobs.  

Pioneer Press: MinnesotaCare Funding Deal With Feds Closer To Realization, State Officials Say
The Dayton administration reports it is moving closer to an agreement with the federal government over how to split costs on an enhanced MinnesotaCare health insurance program. In his budget proposal for the two-year period beginning in July, Gov. Mark Dayton anticipates spending an extra $300 million to improve MinnesotaCare, which provides health insurance to lower-income residents who lack job-based coverage (Snowbeck, 2/6).

The Associated Press: Officials Find Way To Preserve MinnesotaCare
State and federal officials have come up with a way to preserve Minnesota's subsidized health care plan for the working poor when the federal health overhaul takes effect, Minnesota's human services commissioner said Wednesday. Around 130,000 Minnesotans are currently enrolled in MinnesotaCare, which helps cover premiums for people who make too much to enroll in Medicaid but not enough to afford regular insurance (Karnowski, 2/6).

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