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Minnesota health program gets short reprieve

Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 28, 2010

Lower than expected costs and enrollment will allow Minnesota to delay for a month the end of a medical program that now cares for about 36,000 of the state's poorest and sickest residents, Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced. The delay, until April 1, will give the Legislature extra time to forge an agreement with the governor on a plan to save the program, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. About 28,000 of those on General Assistance Medical Care are scheduled to transfer to MinnesotaCare, a program with less coverage that was designed for lower-income working people.