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HMO reform turns into a bandwagon

On Feb. 8, health care providers, lobbyists and other interested parties packed a meeting of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee to overflowing. The occasion was an informational hearing on the seemingly mundane topic of health maintenance organization accountability, and the chief reason for the standing-room-only crowd was the appearance of Dave Feinwachs, the former Minnesota Hospital Association general counsel turned HMO critic.

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HHS and LGA funding choices draw mixed reaction

Republican leaders' response to Gov. Mark Dayton's budget proposal was no surprise. On Tuesday afternoon they savaged the plan, which aims to solve the $6.2 billion budget deficit in large part through new taxes projected to raise $4.1 billion. The legislative leaders say his budget proposal would give Minnesota the highest state income tax bracket in the country and drive businesses away.

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Cuts bill exposes GOP divisions

When it came time to vote on the first $1 billion budget cutting bill from Republican leadership in the Ways and Means Committee, it was no surprise that all the DFL members voted against it. They say the bill, which proposes to extend one-time cuts to local government aid, human services and higher education that were part of a budget deal last session, has been rushed through the committee process.

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Jesson to lead DHS through perilous budgetary times

Gov. Mark Dayton has picked Lucinda Jesson to be the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Jesson, a Hamline University law professor, will oversee an agency that is likely to be at the epicenter of the battle to close the state's $6.2 billion deficit.

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Old battle lines resurface over federal Medicaid expansion

With Mark Dayton's timely ascent to the governor's office now assured, the most visible and protracted legislative drama of 2010 has erupted again in the past week. Dayton said throughout the campaign that one of his first acts as governor would be to sign an executive order enrolling Minnesota in an expanded federal Medicaid program.

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