Medicaid payments to Minnesota hospitals and some clinics will continue despite legislative deadlock over state spending that partially shut down Minnesota's government at 12:01 a.m. today. In late June, Minnesota's Department of Human Services said it would halt in July an estimated $242 million reimbursement for Medicaid and two other state-subsidized insurance plans, should a shutdown come about, but a St. Paul judge Thursday ordered the payments to continue. Hospitals preparing for the lost revenue sought extra credit lines or planned to reduce payments to vendors or lenders, an informal poll by the Minnesota Hospital Association found. Roughly 600,000 low-income and disabled patients are enrolled in Minnesota's three subsidized plans. -- by Melanie Evans
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