Democrats Say MA Is OK

Mark Dayton says one of the first things he will do as Minnesota governor is sign a federal agreement enrolling the state in a new Medicaid program (Medical Assistance as Minnesota calls it).

Democrats say it will bring Minnesota $1.2 billion from Washington, but Republicans claim it actually will cost the state. DFL senators have been sending news releases supporting the opt-in.

Hospitals across the state miss out on funding to care for the state’s poor, something Democrats say will change under the new MA provision.

“Opting into early MA will help keep these hospital’s budgets in the black and prevent the health care cost increases for all Minnesotans,” Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Cottage Grove, said. “Gov.-elect Dayton’s decision is fiscally responsible for the budget of the state and its families.”