It has been announced that today Governor Dayton will amend his shutdown plan that he has filed in Ramsey County District Court. Governor Dayton’s original filing did not allow for payment to providers for health care services. His amended filing today will allow payments to providers of all Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) recipients during a state government shutdown. This is an update from the information provided in the printed and mailed MDA News which you will be receiving this week. It also updates a DHS Provider Update that was posted and distributed by DHS yesterday.
In a prepared statement, Commissioner Lucinda Jesson said, “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. The Governor’s legal filing and contingency plans will be refined to reflect this.”
The final decision regarding services provided and payments made during a shutdown will likely be made by the courts. Further updates on this topic will be provided by the MDA as they become known.