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Legislators introduce bill establishing health insurance exchange

A bipartisan group of legislators unveiled a bill on Wednesday to create a state-administered marketplace where individuals and corporations will be able to purchase health insurance. Minnesota must enact such legislation by the end of March in order to be in compliance with the federal Affordable Care Act, which will be fully implemented in 2014.

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Feds prepare audit of Minnesota’s public health care programs

Federal investigators are preparing to audit Minnesota's public health care programs to determine whether federal dollars were properly spent. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Serivces' Office of Inspector General notified the state of its plans in a November 20 letter to Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson.

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DHS defends Medicaid reimbursement practices in response to Congress

Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson offered a robust defense of the state's administration of its Medicaid program in a response Thursday to pointed inquiries from Congress. Jesson took umbrage at an assertion that the state has "claimed upwards of $500 million in improper federal Medicaid reimbursement over the past decade."

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Semantics or fraud? Congressional investigators probe UCare’s $30 milllion payment to state

Congressional investigators continue to ask pointed questions about Minnesota’s Medicaid program. At issue is a $30 million payment that UCare -- one of the four nonprofit health plans that primarily run the state’s Medicaid program -- agreed to make to the state last year. But lurking in the background are larger questions about the state’s overall methodology for tapping federal funds to help pay for an $8 billion-per-year program that provides health care coverage to more than 600,000 poor individuals.

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