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Minn., NY Sue Federal Gov't Over Health Care Cuts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The attorneys general for New York and Minnesota are suing the Trump administration for abruptly cutting off federal funding for health care coverage for more than 800,000 low-income residents in the two states.

New York's Eric Schneiderman and Minnesota's Lori Swanson announced Friday that the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court accuses the Department of Health and Human Services of withholding more than $1 billion.

The majority of the recipients — more than 700,000 — are in New York state, while most of the funding — $1 billion-plus — went to New York. Minnesota has about 87,000 recipients in the program and received $130 million per year.

The states are the only two with the program created under the Affordable Care Act. Swanson and Schneiderman are both Democrats.

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