Two powerful members of Congress sent a sharply worded letter to Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, KSTP reports. They want Jesson to answer some pointed questions about Minnesota's $4 billion Medicaid program. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, fear the state has improperly received roughly $500 million in federal Medicaid reimbursements in the past decade. Jesson has said an independent auditor will look into it.
St. Olaf football player charged after fatal crash in Chicago
The 18-year-old is accused of speeding and going the wrong way when he crashed into a vehicle that may have been attempting to flee police.
Woman 34 weeks pregnant injured by drunk driver in Cottage Grove
The 49-year-old suspected of DUI was booked into jail around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
2 dead, 5 injured in Thanksgiving Day crash near Alexandria
The crash involved two people from Alexandria and five from Bloomington.
Lengthy standoff in Prior Lake ends late Friday night
The suspect allegedly assaulted an officer outside Kwik Trip, fled and broke into a home.
Accumulating snow possible in Twin Cities next week
The storm system could arrive in the Tuesday-Wednesday timeframe.
With Black Friday barely underway, Target reveals Cyber Monday deals
Plans for the two-day sale were revealed Friday morning.
Man waves replica assault weapon at drivers in downtown Minneapolis
The alarming incident was spotted by the new MPD chief, Brian O'Hara.
Stillwater police looking for suspect who stole vehicle with 1-year-old inside
The suspect abandoned the vehicle with the child still inside just 5 minutes after the theft.
Christmas movie filmed in Minnesota premieres on Hulu
The movie stars Jesse Bradford and Katie Lowes.
Suspected Bloomington restaurant killer arrested in Oklahoma
The 47-year-old Texas man was arrested around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
Minnetonka woman, 23, ID'd as victim killed in Minneapolis crash
The fatal crash happened near the Minneapolis Convention Center on Nov. 21.
Federal lawmakers press Dayton administration on Medicaid funds
Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson took aggressive questions from lawmakers of both parties on her visit to Capitol Hill. Jesson was in Washington to defend Minnesota's handling of Medicaid, joint program of the state and federal governments.
Medicaid numbers soar in Minnesota
The number of Minnesotans on Medicaid shot up at nearly twice the national rate over the past two years, while state costs soared by 40 percent to surpass $4 billion for the first time. There now are about 733,000 Minnesotans in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor -- called Medical Assistance in Minnesota -- an increase of 125,000 in two years, according to a new federal study.
Minnesota's Medicaid program draws more scrutiny
Add the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the list of federal agencies investigating the Medicaid program in Minnesota. The agency that runs the federal government's two key health insurance programs wants answers to questions about how Minnesota sets payment rates for managed care organizations in the state's Medicaid program.
Congress digging deeper into Minnesota's Medicare program
Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate have asked for more information from Minnesota about its Medicaid program. State Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson already traveled to Capitol Hill to testify in person as Congress looks into possible overpayments. The insurance program for low-income Minnesotans is run jointly by the state and federal governments.
Dayton seeks Medicaid cost savings
The Dayton administration is asking the federal government to approve changes to Minnesota's Medicaid program that could save the state $151 million over five years, the Pioneer Press reports. Some of the savings would come through a proposal that asks the federal government to pay for state costs in mental health care, which the feds may not go for, one observer says.
Minnesota pioneering new system for paying Medicaid providers
Minnesota is the first state to gain federal approval of a new system of paying hospitals and clinics that treat Medicaid patients. Officials say the system will reward providers that keep patients healthier and cut costs. When hospitals succeed in saving the taxpayer-funded program money, some of the savings will be shared with the hospitals.
Congressional investigators probe Minnesota's Medicaid bills
Congress is seeking more information and documents from state officials into whether four HMOs artificially inflated Medicaid costs to illegally receive federal matching dollars.
Michele Bachmann calls for Medicaid oversight
With her presidential campaign behind her, 6th District Michele Bachmann hosted a press conference calling for routine audits for state and federal low-income health insurance programs. The proposal comes after word that Minnesota is part of a federal probe into the possibility the state inflated premiums, increasing reimbursements for HMOs.
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