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General Assistance Medical Care

Sep 24, 2014

And the gavel goes to …

If the GOP takes the House, members will need to pivot quickly into governing mode.

May 27, 2011

Dayton veto letters rile GOP Legislature

Republicans who received the veto letters say they strike a tone of anything but compromise.

Dec 22, 2010

The long, strange year that was: Top MN political stories of 2010

Here's a rundown of the year's top 10 political stories.

May 5, 2010

Senate passes health and human services bill

A day after a marathon floor debate in the House, the Senate passed its own health and human services bill 42-19.

Mar 24, 2010

GAMC bill easily clears House

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.

Mar 24, 2010

House looks poised to pass GAMC bill

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.

Mar 5, 2010

Let the litigation begin (again): Suit filed over GAMC elimination

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.

Mar 1, 2010

House falls short of GAMC veto override

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.

Jan 29, 2010

Both parties struggle toward GAMC fix

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.

Jan 8, 2010

All smiles after first budget talks of 2010

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.

Dec 14, 2009

Legislators seek solutions to abolition of health-insurance program

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.

Nov 12, 2009

The GAMC gap: Fate uncertain for health care program serving poorest Minnesotans

For the past three decades, Minnesota has paid the health care tab for the state’s poorest residents under a program known as General Assistance Medical Care.

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