Medicaid numbers spike in Minnesota

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 13, 2012 - 11:13 PM

The number of Minnesotans on Medicaid is growing faster than in most other states, and so is the cost.

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railroadJun. 14, 1212:05 AM

There are more poor people now then in the past... The Republicans dont care if people go hungry or get sick as long as they have their tax breaks... you will see more people that have no insurance applying for any help that they can get...But the republicans think that poor people suck of the rich...people just want a fair chance instead of a knife in the back.

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pinky1933Jun. 14, 1212:19 AM

this is what happens when you don't have "managed care." it's time to join the developed world: single-payer/universal health care, or perhaps the ACA will work. this much is clear: the current set-up is simply not sustainable and before too long those so poor that they qualify for Medicaid will multiply. in the meantime, the GOP has ideas like the Ryan plan? there but for the grace of God...

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gizkazzJun. 14, 12 1:34 AM

To save money, investigate the illegals receiving this help yes and their anchor babies too, and boot them off

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joeljyJun. 14, 12 1:38 AM

You have it wrong, "Pinky"... If anything, Medicaid Managed Care has only added to the cost of care, added an additional level of bureaucracy, and is one step removed from the needs of the poor on Medicaid... Just read today's paper! in 2007-08 the Medicaid program for Seniors (MSHO) spent many resources on getting all members on Calcium and Vitamin D. A Year later it was low dose Aspirin. Now, both interventions are considered unnecessary and even dangerous....

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kemboiJun. 14, 12 6:16 AM

You can blame the patient all you want, but the fact is that the cost of healthcare is outrageous in the U. S.--15% of GDP! When healthcare costs are the cause of about half of all personal bankruptcies and 16% of Americans have to go without insurance, you know there are problems with the system. How do we fix the problem before we all go broke (because, sooner or later, we all get sick)?

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wisebookJun. 14, 12 6:32 AM

Either way we pay. Before they were covered by Medicaid I was paying for the care they received when they went to the Emergency Room (which is the most expensive care available). I was just paying through higher premiums. I would rather people be covered so they go to the doctor before they need to go to the ER. It costs me less.

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PassOut76Jun. 14, 12 6:44 AM

The numbers are up because of Governor Dayton signing early expansion of Medicaid. The article does not clearly explain that fact. Minnesota is already at the 133% of FPG because of that signature. Healthcare is complicated and needs clearer explanation than this article. Illegal aliens on Medicaid are unlikely as applicants must show picture ID and prove their citizenship.

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ranger78Jun. 14, 12 7:07 AM

By all accounts, Medicare is in trouble. Yet the Dems refuse to take any measures to ensure it survivies. By their inaction, one could think they want Medicare and SS to tank so they can use the crisis to confiscate more and control more.

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canthandleitJun. 14, 12 7:15 AM

I don't know about "illegal aliens", but if you look on county/state websites for medical assistance info, you will clearly see it refers to "non-citizens" and the benefits they can apply for and receive. Unbelievable, but true.

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chuckdancerJun. 14, 12 7:26 AM

The Republican approach is nothing but cost containment. It seems to turn a blind eye to the system and American citizens' need for care. As always they seem most concerned with directing money into the pockets of a few fatcats.

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