Dayton delays Medicaid cuts for thousands of elderly

  • Article by: Chris Serres , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 3, 2014 - 9:24 AM

About 2,600 low-income elderly Minnesotans would have lost benefits, but the governor delayed the new rules until 2015.

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johnnycgoodDec. 31, 1312:52 PM

Pretty incomplete article. WHY are the cuts being put into place if our budget is bigger than the last one? WHO made the new rules and why? Journalism 101.

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LicoriceDec. 31, 1312:56 PM

A change i deem necessary is to find the funds to continue this assistance to the elderly poor.

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dirtydogsDec. 31, 1312:56 PM

How we treat our poor and elderly is absolutely disgusting. Tax breaks are so much more important.

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smacc1Dec. 31, 13 1:02 PM

The change to the law... was that a decrease in eligibility because the ACA is more restrictive than MN's old rules on who is and isn't eligible for Medicaid? MN has been one of if not the most generous of states in allowing greater access to Medicaid; that is, your income could exceed the fed poverty level by over 200% and still be eligible for assistance. Obamacare sets a cap of something like 133% of the poverty level. So MN stood to save money by adopting the ACA's more restrictive eligibility limits.

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supervon2Dec. 31, 13 1:32 PM

This could be a big bill for only 2800 votes. The DFL is sharper than that.

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saintnickDec. 31, 13 1:48 PM

Dayton, you are totally unfit to govern. You need to step down NOW!

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foolnoogieDec. 31, 13 1:52 PM

You can thank ObamaCare for this new rule...it was tucked neatly into 2400 pages of slop that needed to be passed so we could find out what was in the bill.

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dshortyaDec. 31, 13 2:12 PM

This has nothing to do with who is eligible for Medicaid, only medicaid SERVICES. Medicaid is going up to 133% FPG from almost just half that now, so many more will be eligible, no one is losing Medicaid!

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markerminnDec. 31, 13 2:13 PM

The governor can change or postpone the law all by himself? I don't get it.

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dwp4401Dec. 31, 13 2:17 PM

My question is under what authority did the Governor make this change? He is required to execute the law. He simply can't ignore it.

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