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Nursing homes: Don't balance state budget on backs of our seniors

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DETROIT LAKES - Nursing homes and a flush health care account are at the center of a legislative debate over health care spending as Gov. Tim Pawlenty and lawmakers look for ways to solve a projected state budget deficit.

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As part of his plan to erase an estimated $935 million deficit, Pawlenty proposed cutting $187 million from health and human services spending and using another $250 million from the so-called Health Care Access Fund to shore up the state's coffers.

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