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Minnesota will not expand Medicaid coverage until 2014

Reuters, June 23, 2010
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has announced that his state will not expand its Medicaid program until 2014. The reform law made more people eligible to sign up for Medicaid starting in 2014. When states balked at the cost, the U.S. Congress created a caveat whereby the federal government will pay the total costs of new enrollees for the first few years. It also allowed states to begin enrolling those who came under the expanded criteria earlier than 2014, a move that Pawlenty said would cost Minnesota $430 million over the next three years.