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      Minnesota families waiting for health care funds

      Posted on November 08, 2011 at 2:37 PM

      Today, Governor Mark Dayton spoke to the media about Sen. David Hann's decision to block the use of nearly $25 million of federal funds to help thousands of sick, disabled, and elderly people throughout our state.

      The grants to the Sate Departments of Health and Human Services would provide funding to connect 5,000 cancer-afflicted Minnesota children and their parents to potentially life-saving research and offer lower cost care alternatives to 17,000 Minnesotans with Alzheimer's disease.

      Forum Communications highlighted some of the other impacts of Sen. Hann's decision:

      Dayton and his commissioners said thousands of Minnesota could lose health assistance in the next five years, including:

      – Those who could benefit from $18 million in aid to people with chronic diseases.

      – Children who could receive cancer diagnosis quicker.

      – More than a million Minnesotans who use private wells for drinking water; a federal program provides money to manage the wells.

      – Senior citizens who could be identified as having dementia earlier and speed treatment.

      – Elderly Minnesotans who could remain in their homes longer rather than going to facilities such as nursing homes.

      Dayton’s commissioners said none of the federal programs would require added state money, and when the programs end there would be no need for the state to continue the programs.

      Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said she would expect the federal programs to reduce state spending in the long term because they would result in healthier Minnesotans that would not require as much state health aid.

      To read the entire article, click here.