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Dayton opts for Medicaid health expansion in Minn.

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Dayton opts for Medicaid health expansion in Minn.
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Tea party protesters crowded into Gov. Mark Dayton's office today as he deepened Minnesota's participation in the federal health care overhaul.

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The Democratic governor was both booed by protesters and cheered by supporters during a Wednesday news conference to sign an executive order expanding the Medicaid program for vulnerable adults. Dayton turned the podium over to opponents after he spoke.

Dayton's Republican predecessor declined the expansion. Republicans are wary because it requires additional general fund dollars in a time of deficits.

Minnesota officials say the state will come out roughly even on the expansion when all state health care costs and savings are accounted for.

The Medicaid expansion will funnel more than $1 billion to medical providers while covering 12,000 uninsured adults and improving coverage for tens of thousands more.

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