Minnesotans receive Valentines’s Day gift for health care reform

A happy Valentine’s Day for health care reform

This is the heading of a February 14 post on the Minnesota Budget Bites blog. This nonprofit presents independent research, analysis and advocacy on budget and tax issues, emphasizing their impact on low- and moderate-income Minnesotans; a demographic that includes many seniors.

It begins, “More than 87,000 Minnesotans will have access to affordable and meaningful health insurance beginning in 2014, including 34,000 who currently have no insurance. That’s thanks to legislation to expand eligibility for Medicaid, known as Medical Assistance in Minnesota.” The bill has passed both houses and Governor Dayton is expected to sign the bill into law.

“Key provisions are

  • Covering adults without minor children with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line ($15,856 for an individual or $21,404 for a couple).
  • Covering parents and young adults (19- and 20-year-olds) with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line.
  • Removing asset limitations for nearly all individuals eligible for Medicaid.”

Read complete post here.

A link to Minnesota Budget Bites Blog can always be found in the left panel of our website home page under Links – Seniors.

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