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Sens. LeRoy Stumpf of Plummer, left, and Tony Lourey of Kerrick talk Thursday before debate on Lourey's state health-care funding bill. Don Davis | Forum News Service

Legislature set to make more health care changes


ST. PAUL — Minnesota already is on track to establish a new way for its residents to buy health insurance, and now legislators are poised to change how the state takes care of its elderly, disabled and poor.

Senators debated their plan late Thursday to spend $11.2 billion in the next two years for health care, which is second only to public school funding in the $38 billion state budget.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.