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Governor Pawlenty sent a letter to Health Commissioner Cal Ludeman today signaling he will not opt-in to early Medical Assistance. State Rep. Tom Huntley (DFL –Duluth) and State Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL – St. Paul) released the following statement.
“Delaying early MA prevents Minnesota from capturing a federal match for state dollars we are already spending. Patients will still show up in our hospitals, but the cost of care will be passed onto middle class families through higher health care premiums. Increasing health care costs for middle class families is not a wise move as we emerge from this recession. We believe early MA is a more fiscally sound path forward," said Huntley.
“Democrats put early MA in state law because it’s a good deal for Minnesotans. It means $1.4 billion in federal dollars to protect and create 20,000 jobs for hospitals and care providers. It means an assured safety net for sick and vulnerable Minnesotans or someone who loses their job. It means an end to hidden cost shifting that increases premiums for middle class families. Perhaps most importantly, it gives Minnesota the opportunity to drive market wide payment reform, the best means to reduce future costs for everyone.
This is a clear cut, common sense path to improve health care for Minnesotans. It’s disappointing our outgoing Governor is throwing up a roadblock,” said Murphy.
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