Federal government approves MA expansion

Governor Mark Dayton’s office announced today that the federal government has given approval to expand Minnesota’s Medicaid program.

“I thank Secretary Sebelius for expediting this approval,” Governor Dayton said in a statement. “Because of her, 95,000 Minnesotans will receive better health care at less cost to our state.”

Dayton signed an executive order in January that would expand the program to 83,000 people who are currently enrolled in General Assistance Medical Care or MinnesotaCare and another 12,000 who have no coverage at all.

The transition is expected to start on March 1st.

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