Minnesota Medicaid rolls could expand rapidly with health reform law

  • Article by: Ashley Griffin , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 26, 2013 - 8:05 PM

Massachusetts credits an enrollment surge to the “welcome mat effect.”

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ruphinaJun. 26, 13 6:05 PM

Ya Think? Wait until employers decide the cost/risk is just too much and eliminate health care as a benefit- then the stuff will hit the fan and it will be BILLIONS in debt in the blink of an eye. Bill G.

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bluedevil101Jun. 26, 13 6:15 PM

Thanks for this article. I'm going to have to see if I'm eligible to get on the public dole. If so, count me in. If you can't beat'em at the polls, join'em.

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keaton12Jun. 26, 13 6:51 PM

So do gay married people who have a partner in a nursing home now lose more assets just like their traditional counterparts? Better buy up more long term care insurance!

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markc1Jun. 26, 13 7:13 PM

Now don't complain republicans, you never have any shortage of money when it comes to wars or tax cuts for the wealthy, might as well spend some money on the health of our people.

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markc1Jun. 26, 13 7:15 PM

Now don't complain republicans, you never have any shortage of money when it comes to wars or tax cuts for the wealthy, might as well spend some money on the health of our people.

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benleeJun. 26, 13 8:09 PM

whoo hoo free health care! Free free free!

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munsterlandrJun. 26, 13 8:44 PM

And we thought Minnesota was overtaxed and near bankruptcy now! Tens of thousands going on Medicaid when the Federal Government has frozen it. Where will the money come from? Minnesotans.

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kraemer1Jun. 26, 13 8:59 PM

The article doesn't cover all the implications....these people that weren't applying for MA that were eligible were getting free care through charity care or bad debt. Guess what, you therefore have already being paying for their care through your premiums as providers had to make it up somewhere. So, this just means that these people will now be receiving the care through the appropriate program and maybe receiving less costly care vs the higher priced ER.

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minn12Jun. 26, 13 9:22 PM

And people laughed when we told them Obamacare was a boondoggle. They told us our health care costs would go down with Obamacare. Premiums are skyrocketing. They told us if we liked our doctors and health plans, we could keep them. Wrong. Millions are going to lose their current plans. Now we learn that if employers hire the so-called 'amnesty illegals', they WON'T have to provide employee health care. So guess what? Employers are going to start firing regular American workers, and start hiring the new 'amnesty' workers. You think that won't happen? Employers right now all across the country are cutting staff to keep below the magic 50-employee threshold, lowering staff down to part-time from full time, and dropping health plans. Yeah, everything Obama and the libs told us turned out to be just another democratic deception, filled with the usual 'unintended consequences'. What a joke.

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jbpaperJun. 26, 13 9:57 PM

"In 2011, Minnesota opted for an early Medicaid expansion that provided health coverage to about 84,000 residents, most of them low-income or disabled."------ Who do they consider a "resident?" Is there any criteria or can anyone walk in and claim they live here?

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