Congress scrutinizes $30 million Medicaid 'gift' to Minnesota

  • Article by: KEVIN DIAZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 26, 2012 - 12:35 AM

Human services official for Gov. Dayton is asked to explain Medicaid windfall.

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AirForceGuyApr. 25, 12 9:28 PM

Unbelievable. It's way, way, way, way, way too easy to bilk the government because there are very poor or no controls on the money. DO NOT eliminate programs, CONTROL THE MONEY. Problem solved. The reason many of the "entitlement" programs conservatives want to abolish are out of control is not because they are a bad idea, quite the contrary, actually. The reason good programs become wasteful is because of BS like this. The thing that is more infuriating than anything is that none of the people involved will face any negative repercussions at all.

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rjr2205Apr. 25, 1210:03 PM

The purchase of health care for low icome (Medicade) by the state was set up about 8 years ago by Gov TPaw. It was a sweetheart deal that funneled hundreds of million tax dollars to the private for profit insurance companies e.g. UCare, BluePlus, Medica, etc. Further Gov TPaw and his Comm of Human Services strong resisted county efforts to provide a more cost effective alternative to the TPaw sweetheart deal that permitted excess profits to insurance companies at taxpayer expense. The alternative is called County Based Purchasing(CBP) and means that instead of insurance companies keeping about 20% of each dollar for their costs, the CBP expense would run less than 10%. These numbers are based on a number of operational CBPs operations over 3-4 years, most of said CBPs are still in operation and CBP is now being considered again by a number of counties. About one year ago the Dayton Administration called the insurance companies on their excess profits and the payback of the contested $30 million dollars is one result of their efforts. The federal claim to a share of the $30 million is based on a likely flaw in the TPaw design of the sweetheart deal. Therefore any criticism of Gov Daton and his Human Services Commisioner is wholley inappropriate! We should be thanking Gov Dayton for looking out for we tax payers!!!

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andybobolsonApr. 25, 1210:58 PM

So the state acts to prevent corporations from ripping off taxpayers, then is accused of fraud. What would letting the corporations keep excessive profits amount to? Fiscal responsibility? Anyone that looks at this story as an example of poor governance has their priorities backwards.

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terryalejanApr. 26, 12 3:55 AM

When my husband and I planned for an early retirement we were both in our 50's. Not only were we retiring, but we were moving to Nashville, TN. Since we resigned from our jobs, we knew we would have to buy health insurance and dental insurance in Tennessee. We purchased a PPO family plan, for just my husband and me, through "Penny Health" . We paid for the family plan ourselves, initially, the cost was a little less than $400 a month for both of us. Our co-pay was very reasonable at $25 each per office visit.

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furguson11Apr. 26, 12 6:02 AM

OK, so maybe MN should have shared the Medicaid "donation" with the feds right away. But I've never heard of the feds getting anywhere near that amount of medicaid money back from a single provider nationally. They must be a little embarrassed. How much in over payments are the feds/taxpayers making nationally anyways?

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vincentlApr. 26, 12 8:01 AM

The whole thing is a mess. One the Federal Gov. is embarrassed because the State is doing the Fed's job. If any of the States shine over the current Administration, the AG will sue the State, like the Arizona situation.

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brian15Apr. 26, 12 8:10 AM

I blame the previous administration

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dorkfalconApr. 26, 12 8:29 AM

"...including a deal that Jesson brokered with UCare and three other insurance companies, to cap their 2011 profits at 1 percent." -- No surprise, take a page straight out of Obama's playbook, blame the last administration.

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kingtutskyApr. 26, 12 8:38 AM

Looks like Michele has identified some very questionable behavior by the Dayton administration. Will enjoy following this one.

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mike2636Apr. 26, 12 8:46 AM

HMO's, Large Employers, and the Government run the largest crimanl partnership in the country: Healthcare. Break up this cartel already.

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