Dayton signs legislation expanding Medical Assistance eligibility

February 20, 2013

Gov. Mark Dayton signed legislation Tuesday, Feb. 19, that will provide access to quality health care coverage for an additional 35,000 low-income adults. The bill takes advantage of a key component of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), which allows states to expand Medical Assistance (MA) eligibility.

The expansion of MA eligibility provides $129 million in projected savings for the 2014-15 biennium. This is in addition to the $1.3 billion Minnesota is already expected to save by 2015 as a result of the Affordable Care Act. The governor’s budget proposal includes additional improvements to Medical Assistance that will provide coverage for a total of 145,000 Minnesotans. More information is in a fact sheet, Expanding Medical Assistance eligibility (PDF).

One of Governor Dayton’s first acts in office was signing an executive order (PDF) expanding access to Medical Assistance for 83,000 low-income Minnesotans. In doing so, the governor provided access to quality health care for those who need it most – reducing the burden of uncompensated care on hospitals and saving an estimated 20,000 health care sector jobs.

The bill signed into law today builds on that important progress by covering more uninsured Minnesotans, maximizing federal funding for public health care programs, and simplifying the enrollment process. Providing coverage for more Minnesotans will reduce the hidden tax that is passed onto Minnesotans with health insurance to pay for uncompensated care.

More information is in a news release about the bill signing.

This article was originally published on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website.