Disability group meets with state official over Medicaid reduction planby Lorna Benson, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — A coalition representing disabled Minnesotans said they had a good meeting Tuesday with Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson.
The group asked for the last-minute meeting so they could air their grievances over a Medicaid cost-cutting proposal floated by seven health plans and hospitals.
A spokesman for the Minnesota Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities said Jesson was a good listener and well-informed about their concerns. But the consortium is still worried about the possibility of damaging cuts to programs that affect disabled Minnesotans.
Representatives from the health plans who crafted the proposal also met with Jesson Tuesday. A spokesperson for the group said they hope their document will be a useful resource that could improve access, affordability and the quality of health care for all Minnesotans.
The commissioner declined a request from MPR News to discuss the meetings.