Medicaid addition will help more Minnesota poor

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 15, 2010 - 2:46 PM

Officials said covering 95,000 more won't cost state, but could take until October.

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prairiedoggyDec. 14, 10 2:12 PM

I work for the government. Acually, nine months for a change like this is quick. Of course it could have been sooner if Pawlenty hadn't interfered.

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hobie2Dec. 14, 10 2:15 PM

9 MONTHS.. of paper being pushed from one side of a desk onto another, so all the safeguards and plans and protections are in place so only those entitled get it ... just another reason we need universal health care - and why all the industrial nations went to universal health care long ago and why they pay less than half per-capita of the US for better median care - the simple efficiency of health care delivery.

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furguson11Dec. 14, 10 2:45 PM

9 months. So how much federal money will be left on the table because of this?

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jackwagon1Dec. 14, 10 3:09 PM

Look let Dayton have his 1 and only accomplishment during his term. This universal healthcare mumbo jumbo is a riot, first do we need changes in health care, you bet there are many options but universal healthcare is a joke. Who do you know boarding a plane form the united states to go fly to an industrial nation for specialized care, nobody, they come here. Once that is in place prepare for lower rates , worse service, long lines and rationing of care, i.e death panels. In universal healthcare the government decides who is too much of a burden on the system thats how they keep costs down.

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doctor2687Dec. 14, 10 3:59 PM

Really important information missing from the article; how much will the conversion cost?

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gking2mnDec. 14, 10 4:26 PM

Point of truth I contract to the medical industry in I/S and the information systems are no where near the status they need to be. Then you have to have the end user trained to the input screens to prevent mistakes just like the old saying garbage in is garbage out. So in reality your looking 12 to 14 months without software updates that come along to interrupt the time line.

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kalvigDec. 14, 10 7:05 PM

This would be an opportunity for MN to show its propensity for natural leadership to the nation. Because such implementaion is "always slow" or "past practice shows 9 months is operation as usual" sounds pretty lame. Sick citizens of MN need better and immediate treatment!! Bureaucracy simploy should not always win. Try copying a successful program and move on this!!! How about WI's Badger Care????

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brianjapanDec. 14, 10 7:21 PM

WELL MINNESOTA, OPEN YOUR POCKETBOOKS. WE WILL ATTRACT PEOPLE FROM EVERY STATE AND COUNTRY SOON! THANKS MARK

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citywoman1Dec. 14, 10 7:23 PM

@jackwagon1: Actually, there are thousands and thousands of people who leave the U.S. to get care in India, Thailand, etc, because they can get surgery much more cheaply. Medical tourism is a booming industry, and it's not just one-way.

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wildfoxDec. 14, 10 7:42 PM

"9 months. So how much federal money will be left on the table because of this?" ... If Timmy would have signed this months ago we could have been up and running in the spring. GOP thinks people with no health care insurance should just die.

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