by Briana Bierschbach
Published: May 27, 2011
Tags: alternative teacher licensure, Brenda Cassellius, David Hann, Department of Corrections, Department of Natural Resources, economic development, Erin Murphy, General Assistance Medical Care, Geoff Michel, government shutdown, Health and Human Services, health care access fund, Local Government Aid, Mark Dayton, Medicaid, Mike Beard, Mindy Greiling, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Minnesota Trade Office, MinnesotaCare, special session, tax reciprocity
Republicans who received the veto letters say they strike a tone of anything but compromise.
by Paul Demko
Published: December 22, 2010
Tags: 2010 Governor's Race, Amy Klobuchar, Budget cuts, Chip Cravaack, deficit, Don Betzold, Erin Murphy, General Assistance Medical Care, Jesse Ventura, Jim Oberstar, Mark Dayton, Matt Dean, Metrodome, Michele Bachmann, Tom Emmer, Tony Sutton, Vikings
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A day after a marathon floor debate in the House, the Senate passed its own health and human services bill 42-19.
The House voted by a 121-12 margin to pass legislation that will salvage the General Assistance Medical Care program, allowing roughly 35,000 poor single adults to keep their health insurance. The bill previously cleared the Senate by a similarly lopsided margin and ratifies an agreement reached with Gov. Tim Pawlenty earlier this month to save the program.
The House is expected to take up General Assistance Medical Care legislation when it convenes this afternoon. Legislators from both parties reached an agreement with Gov. Tim Pawlenty earlier this month to salvage the program, which provides medical coverage for poor, single adults. The Senate subsequently passed the legislation with broad bi-partisan support.
Three Minnesota residents who depend on the state’s General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) program to pay for their health care filed suit Thursday in Ramsey County District Court in an effort to keep the program running, despite Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s plan to eliminate it.
After two hours-plus of floor debate this afternoon, House Democrats failed to peel off a single Republican vote to override Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto of General Assistance Medical Care legislation. House DFLers came up three votes shy of the two-thirds majority required to enact the bill without Pawlenty's signature.
DFLers and Republicans are heading into the legislative session with differing ideas about how to provide health care to people who relied on the General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) program axed last year by Gov. Tim Pawlenty.
Legislative leaders emerged from their first budget talks of 2010 with Gov. Tim Pawlenty Friday afternoon expressing optimism about the forthcoming legislative session. But the goodwill seems unlikely to last once legislators dig into closing a $1.2 billion budget deficit and other thorny issues.
Can some form of General Assistance Medical Care be saved? That was the question debated this afternoon at a joint session of two House committees dealing with health care.