Minnesota Politician Delays Medicaid Cuts for Elderly

American politician and current Governor of Minnesota, serving since 2011, is delaying a set of Medicaid rule changes that would have caused about 2,600 low-income elderly Minnesotans to lose benefits, covering home and nursing care for elderly.

Mark Dayton ordered the state Department of Human Services (DHS) to postpone the Medicaid cuts for a year ensure that the necessary community supports are in place for seniors will receive alternative care. He still plans to include changes to Medi­caid eligibility in his supplemental budget, which will be submitted to the Legislature after it convenes in February. It also added that senior citizens required to demonstrate that they needed assistance such as toileting to continue receiving benefits and qualify for this program.

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