Minnesota lawmakers from both parties say they want to preserve MinnesotaCare, the state’s health care program for the working poor, as the state moves ahead with the next stage of federal health reforms.
States are being asled to set up so-called Basic Health Plans, which would offer health insurance to people whose incomes are too high to qualify for Medicaid, but would still struggle to pay for private insurance on their own.
“Minnesota is proud to be leading the nation in health care quality and coverage. We hope to continue this progress and our commitment to ensuring access to affordable, high quality, health care coverage for all Minnesotans,” lawmakers wrote in a letter dated Jan. 17. “We hope to continue this progress and our commitment to ensuring access to affordable, high quality, health care coverage for all Minnesotans.”
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During an MPR interview in front a live audience, Dayton reiterated his support for middle class tax cuts, a big boost in transportation funding and universal prekindergarten during next year's legislative session, all priorities he was unable to achieve in the 2015 session.
State Auditor Rebecca Otto, reeling from a new law allowing counties to hire private audit firms to review their finances, said in a statement she has hired outside counsel "to help me assess the implications of this law and its impact on the core function of auditing."