Pawlenty restricts Minnesota's participation in healthcare reform law - The Hill's Healthwatch

Pawlenty restricts Minnesota's participation in healthcare reform law - The Hill's Healthwatch

On Tuesday, the possible 2012 presidential candidate signed an executive order directing state agencies to decline all discretionary participation in the new law.

As a result, none of Minnesota's executive branch departments and agencies can submit applications for grants or demonstration projects unless required by the new law or approved by the governor's office. The order also reaffirms that the state will not participate in an early expansion of the Medicaid program before 2014.

The Kaiser Family Foundation has calculated that about 250,000 Minnesotans would join the Medicaid rolls under the expansion. Pawlenty has said it would cost the state $430 million in the first three years.

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