Audit: State dept. failed to properly screen recipients of MinnesotaCare

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The state legislative auditor released a report Tuesday that faults Minnesota's Department of Human Services for not verifying social security numbers and income reported by participants of MinnesotaCare, the state-run insurance program.

Legislative Auditor James Nobles tells MPR and that he's mostly concerned about errors and fraud. Nobles says his office alerted the department of these problems a decade ago.

The Star Tribune reports a new computer system that will be launched with the state's health insurance exchange, MnSure, should fix the problem. The department was relying on a web-based computer system to fix the problem in 2003, but the effort was scraped with no fix.

Politics in Minnesota says in 2012, MinnesotaCare cost the state more than $500 million in 2012 and provided health insurance coverage to nearly 130,000 individuals that aren't eligible for Medicaid and can't afford private coverage.

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