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Minnesota legislators seek to expand Medicaid

Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 10, 2010

Minnesota Legislative conferees have agreed that expanding Medicaid should be part of the eventual compromise they will take to the House and Senate in a package of health and human service measures to cut the state's budget deficit. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has strongly opposed expanding Medicaid to cover healthcare for childless adults earning less than 75% of the poverty guideline. Even though it would bring in about $1 billion in federal money over the next three years, he argues that the state cannot afford to provide the required $1 billion match, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.