Overbilled? State pays anyway

  • Article by: GLENN HOWATT and PAM LOUWAGIE , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: May 26, 2010 - 11:19 AM

There are only 24 hours in a day, but not always when it comes to submitting home care bills to the state of Minnesota. Checks based on impossible work hours have been paid.

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nancysjetMay. 26, 10 9:03 AM

set up a program and fraud goes nuts, lets look at welfare,food stamps,medical,subsidized housing, The fraud is in all of these programs,not just this one,first use the system then defraud it.thats what happens with all entitlements.

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garyglsMay. 26, 10 9:22 AM

$100.00 says nobody gets fired, $200.00 says they don't get the money back

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changeagent2010May. 26, 10 9:29 AM

for whatever reason: overwhelmed, understaffed, incompetent, faulty software, clever criminals, laziness, graft, not wanting to rock the boat....the list seems endless. The solutions are simple but somehow never get done. At a certain point it tips from lax enforcement of the rules to participation in the fraud by looking the other way. The biggest problem seems to be lack of genuine leadership and someone with a spine taking ownership of this problem to solve it instead of the usual passing the buck and pointing fingers at everyone else.

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djconklinMay. 26, 10 9:32 AM

>$200.00 says they don't get the money back Send me the $200. "... who recently paid the state back when she discovered the mistake." David Conklin S. St. Paul, MN 55075

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djconklinMay. 26, 10 9:34 AM

>The fraud is in all of these programs,not just this one,first use the system then defraud it.thats what happens with all entitlements. Yes, there is some fraud in all systems (even corporate one's). But, that doesn't mean that everyone who is in the system is committing fraud.

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djf740May. 26, 10 9:40 AM

It'd be nice if the article had more details, like how the hours were reported, what kind of record keeping was done, etc. Was the state provided with a bill listing hours worked, or just number that they were requested to pay? It sounds like the Home Care company discovered the error themselves after checking their time cards, does the state even get to see those time cards? I can see how this could slip through if the State's financial person is just seeing a number. If they were actually hand checking each time card from every person employed by every state contractor, we'd probably see an article complaining about the sate "wasting time" :-P

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ignacio5May. 26, 1011:02 AM

would save taxpayers $Millions per year.

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rammerMay. 26, 1011:05 AM

If anyone is wondering why I cannot vote for a DFL candidate it is because they collectively never...ever....suggest that there are suffient fundings that take place within the walls of "Health and Human Services". On the contrary, they argue and fight for legislation that always creates new funding mechanisms for this gigantic aspect of state funding. I'll meet them half way. If the DFL leads the charge for sweeping reforms that include the ability to fire incompenent employees, I'll actually consider candidates with that party affiliation. I'm not holding my breath.

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CabelaKipMay. 26, 1011:11 AM

Liberals are willing to live with large amounts of fraud in public services to ensure that those who need the program are served. Conservatives are willing to live with social programs that serve those in need, not the 80% of the free riders that get signed up into the program(s). They both agree on the need to help those in need.

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dimmuborgirMay. 26, 1011:12 AM

Yep, that's it. Liberals cry for more gov't, more taxes and more spending. Yet we read stories like this all the time. It's at city, county, state and federal levels. The amount of fraud and incompetence across the various gov'ts of this country is astounding. Yet, you people keep voting for Democrats and then complain when things get nutted up.

Unreal, you DFL people

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