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Medicaid opt-in is good for hospitals in rural Minnesota

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Gov. Mark Dayton's first executive order this month was to opt Minnesota into early enrollment in the federal Medicaid program for the state's poor.

It was a good move for Willmar's Rice Memorial Hospital and other rural hospitals in west central Minnesota.

Medicaid will provided coverage of nearly 100,000 poor Minnesotans, bring additional federal aid to the state and save nearly 20,000 health-care jobs in rural Minnesota.

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