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Dayton signs bill expanding health coverage for poor Minnesotans

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Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill that would provide subsidized health insurance for 35,000 more low-income Minnesotans, according to the Associated Press.

The new law is intended to save the state money by moving more patients off state-based programs, like MinnesotaCare, to a state-fashioned Medicaid program.

The federal government promised to cover the full cost of new enrollees through 2016. The state would be required to pay a portion of the costs beginning in 2017.

Republicans raised concerns over the federal government's commitment to pay for the program in the long term.

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