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State pushes forward with Medicaid waiver

During the 2011 legislative session, GOP legislative leaders repeatedly called for the state to seek a waiver on Medicaid rules from the federal government. Both the Senate and House initially booked significant cost savings contingent on receiving such a waiver.

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Endorsement battles may loom for GOP moderates

There is a lot of uncertainty about the 2012 legislative election season. Most significantly, nobody knows exactly what legislative districts will look like when the redistricting process — which is expected to drag on into February or March — is finally completed.

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Many in GOP base angry at Legislature

If you hear political activists calling for change in the 2012 state House and Senate elections, you won’t be faulted for thinking that the rhetoric must be coming from DFLers. After all, Democrats lost control of both chambers in a 2010 election that saw a conservative tide roll across Minnesota and the rest of the country.

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Providers parse voluminous HHS bill

On the spreadsheet outlining the details of Minnesota’s $11 billion health and human services budget, “Managed Care Contracting Reform” is booked for a savings of $135 million in the current biennium. That amounts to more than 10 percent of the $1.2 billion in cuts agreed to by GOP legislative leaders and Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration.

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