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.