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Feb 15, 2012

DHS commissioner reveals federal investigation of state’s Medicaid program

The federal government is investigating Minnesota’s $3.6 billion Medicaid program for potential fraud. Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson discussed the investigation during a committee hearing on Tuesday devoted to transparency issues with regards to the state’s nonprofit health plans.

Jan 12, 2012

Legislative DFLers back federal health law in Supreme Court

The DFLers' support of the law puts them at odds with most of their Republican counterparts at the Capitol and a host of other state legislatures, attorneys general and governors around the country.

Jan 11, 2012

Cuts to Emergency Medical Assistance move forward

More than 2,000 immigrants who rely on Emergency Medical Assistance for coverage are now only eligible for emergency medical care at hospitals. The cutback in service was supposed to take place at the start of 2012, but the Department of Human Services delayed enactment by a week so that individuals could file appeals.

Dec 21, 2011

MCCL backs state-created health care exchange

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) has joined the ranks of traditional Republican allies who are supporting the push to create a state-based health insurance exchange system.

Nov 8, 2011

Dayton and Hann lock horns over health care grants

Gov. Mark Dayton is calling a move by state Sen. David Hann to stall federal health care grants “undemocratic” and “unconscionable.” Hann says state legislators need to scrutinize the funding.

Nov 4, 2011

Public employee unions fight health care premium increases

Thirteen unions representing approximately 43,000 workers are locked in difficult negotiations with the state over health care insurance premiums for the next two years.

Oct 31, 2011

Dayton’s health care panels will tackle costs, insurance exchange

The two panels, one charged with overseeing health care reform initiatives and another that will work on a health insurance exchange, will include members academic, industry, advocacy interests along with lawmakers.

Oct 19, 2011

Government reform: Dayton’s turn

With another state budget deficit looming, Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration is planning to go public with ideas to change how government operates. House Republicans have made the most noise this summer and fall about government restructuring with their Reform 2.0 initiative.

Jul 25, 2011

Berglin leaving Legislature after nearly four decades

Sen. Linda Berglin is retiring from the Legislature after serving in the House and Senate for nearly four decades. The Minneapolis DFLer is resigning to take a job with Hennepin County working on health care policy. Her last day will be August 15.

Jul 20, 2011

A state’s-eye view for creating insurance exchanges

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published last week its long-awaited rules for the health insurance exchanges that states are to set up under the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Jun 24, 2011

Don’t call it a tax increase

Republican legislators have zero interest in Gov. Mark Dayton’s proposal to raise $1.8 billion by increasing income taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents. That much is abundantly clear after months of fruitless debate between the two sides over how to close the state’s $5 billion budget deficit.

Jun 20, 2011

Dayton to expand court filing on critical services

Gov. Mark Dayton said this afternoon he will add provider payments to his list of critical state services that should be paid for if the government shuts down on July 1.

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