MN Governor Opts Not to Sign Medicaid Expansion Legislation; Restores Funding for General Assistance Medical Care
Legislation authorizing an early expansion of Medicaid under healthcare reform passed through both of Minnesota’s legislative chambers, but Governor Tim Pawlenty did not sign the legislation into law. Instead, Pawlenty restored $10 million that had been removed from the state’s General Assistance Medical Care program. He also agreed to give the next Governor the authority to expand Medicaid. Under healthcare reform, states may opt to implement early a provision requiring that all individuals under 133% of poverty be covered by Medicaid by 2014.