Under state and federal law, the Department of Human Services and local agencies are required to recover some Medical Assistance costs through the estates of deceased enrollees older than age 55.
With the Affordable Care Act, many more people financially qualified for the program and signed up, but were unaware of the provision and blindsided by the liens against them, which could be for tens of thousands of dollars, said Rep. Jason Rarick (R-Pine City).
A 2016 law aimed to help by limiting estate recovery to long-term services or supports received on or after Jan. 1, 2014. But it needs to be updated to go back further and ensure consistency, Rarick said.
Sponsored by Rarick and Sen. Scott Jensen (R-Chaska), HF629/ SF216* would do this by only allowing Medical Assistance estate recovery for expenses obtained through long-term services and supports pending on or after July 1, 2016, and the estates of those who died on or after that date.
Passed 129-0 by the House Wednesday, it now goes the governor. The Senate passed the measure 64-0 May 5.
The Minnesota Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton to use mediation to resolve a funding dispute. In an opinion issued Friday, the court also ruled that Dayton’s use of the line-item veto to strip biennial funding for the Legislature was constitutional.
A Ramsey County judge on Wednesday ruled that Gov. Mark Dayton’s line-item veto of legislative funding violated the state’s constitution.
House and Senate leadership OK a resolution to seek outside legal representation in an effort to restore funding for the Legislature that Gov. Mark Dayton line-item vetoed earlier this week.
Day three of the 2017 special session saw lawmakers pass final omnibus bills to be sent to Gov. Mark Dayton, with weary House members wrapping up their work at 2:42 a.m. Friday following a week of long days — and nights — at the State Capitol.
Lawmakers on conference committees must sort through competing bills before finalizing a product to send to the governor.
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It was a day of selfies, swearings-in and standing ovations as the House opened the 2017-18 biennial session Tuesday.