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Dayton Administration refines proposed list of critical services to expand protection of life and safety

June 20, 2011

Tomorrow, Gov. Mark Dayton will file a supplemental response to the petition of the Attorney General in Ramsey County District Court that expands the list of critical human services that would be continued in the event of a government shutdown.
The Governor’s original response, filed June 15, noted that benefits to individuals in health and economic assistance programs are critical because they are necessary to prevent an immediate threat to public health and safety. The original response did not include provider payments necessary to support these services.
“After consultation with seniors and other vulnerable Minnesotans served by our programs, we recognize the lack of assured provider payments could indeed lead to life threatening situations,” Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said. “The Governor’s legal filing and contingency plans will be refined to reflect this.”
In addition to provider payments, Gov. Dayton will also advise the Court that he intends to allow newly eligible people to enroll in those programs.
Programs covered by this announcement include Medicaid (Medical Assistance), MFIP/DWP, General Assistance, Minnesota Supplemental Aid, Refugee Cash Assistance, Group Residential Housing, MinnesotaCare, Food Support, Minnesota Food Assistance Program, and Adoption Assistance.