Minnesota seeks approval for Medicaid reform

by Bryna Godar

Minnesota is asking the federal government to allow Medicaid reform that Gov. Mark Dayton says would save the state about $151 million over the next five years, according to the Star Tribune.

The reform would focus on earlier intervention and more flexibility in the state's personal care assistance program, MPR reported. It would allow in-home care or home alterations, which can be more affordable to the state than institutional care, the Star Tribune reported.

The reforms would also let the state collaborate with employers to keep people working instead of waiting until they lose a job due to disability.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will respond to the state's proposal after a 30-day public comment period and the reforms would go into effect in 2014, according to the Star Tribune.