A deal to save health care coverage for Minnesota’s poor has been reached. Details of the agreement on the General Assistance Medical Care program are to be released at a 4:30 p.m. news conference today.
“DFL Senator Linda Berglin gave few specifics but said the cost of the program will be $164 milion and nearly everyone enrolled on General Assistance Medical Care will continue to receive coverage,” Tom Scheck of Minnesota Public Radio is reporting.
In a related development today, a Ramsey County District judge refused to step in and stop Pawlenty from phasing out GAMC.
Judge Kathleen Gearin declined to grant a restraining order that lawyers representing patients using the program had requested. Gearin’s ruling is here.
Gearin said in denying the restraining order: “The Legislative branch has the fundamental constitutional power to appropriate the public funds. This power is tempered by the Governor’s veto authority. Their policy differences regarding how to deal with funding for the GAMC program can only be resolved by them. Those branches have the institutional competency to break the present budgetary deadlocks, not the judicial branch.”