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Jesson, Schowalter criticize House HHS bill for lack of financial details

Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson sent a letter to Rep. Jim Abeler today chastising him for the lack of fiscal notes scrutinizing key provisions of the House's health and human services finance bill. Specifically Jesson took issue with four provisions designed to save $1.2 billion -- roughly 75 percent of the GOP's overall budget reduction target -- that haven't been thoroughly vetted by fiscal staff.

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Jesson: Health care delivery needs overhaul

Minnesota currently sends roughly $3 billion each year to the state's health maintenance organizations to provide coverage for more than 500,000 of the state's poorest residents. Critics of the system charge that there is little transparency or accountability in how the dollars are spent. Legislators from both sides of the aisle have introduced proposals to significantly alter the system.

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HMO reform turns into a bandwagon

On Feb. 8, health care providers, lobbyists and other interested parties packed a meeting of the House Health and Human Services Finance Committee to overflowing. The occasion was an informational hearing on the seemingly mundane topic of health maintenance organization accountability, and the chief reason for the standing-room-only crowd was the appearance of Dave Feinwachs, the former Minnesota Hospital Association general counsel turned HMO critic.

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How much have HMO payments increased?

The roughly $3 billion in public dollars that's funneled to the state's health-maintenance organizations is receiving increased scrutiny this legislative session. That's in large part because of the state's unprecedented $6.2 billion budget.

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Jesson to lead DHS through perilous budgetary times

Gov. Mark Dayton has picked Lucinda Jesson to be the next commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Jesson, a Hamline University law professor, will oversee an agency that is likely to be at the epicenter of the battle to close the state's $6.2 billion deficit.

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