Congress is seeking more information and documents from state officials into whether four HMOs artificially inflated Medicaid costs to illegally receive federal matching dollars.
Target's annual 10% sale on gift cards will be held this weekend
You can get a $500 gift card for $450.
Nicollet Mall's new Ties Lounge & Rooftop closes 'indefinitely'
The establishment aimed to reconnect the downtown community.
Man steals car with kids inside, father tracks them down using thief's vehicle
Police said no arrests have been made as of Thursday.
Chinese restaurant closing after 50 years in Columbia Heights
The beloved family-owned restaurant will close Dec. 24.
Kris Laudien leaving KARE 11 after four years on 'Sunrise'
KARE 11 announced the appointment of Jason Hackett to the morning show this week.
MN's COVID update for the week ending Tuesday, Nov. 29
There are now more than 570 people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Minnesota.
Twin Cities nurses to strike for 20 days starting Dec. 11
A strike in Duluth and Two Harbors doesn't have an end date set.
New owners to take over long-running Ely radio station
WELY will go off the air temporarily starting Thursday, pending the sale.
Minneapolis man gets 10 years for death threats against Hennepin Co. employees
Peter Robert Berry, 60, was sentenced in U.S. District Court Wednesday.
Rural MN town to consider ordinance allowing lawsuits against abortion providers
Attorney General Keith Ellison said the ordinance would violate the state constitution.
Hope Breakfast Bar owners plan new location in Eagan
The Eagan restaurant plans feature an outdoor patio.
Court approves $600K payment to protesters, restrictions on Minneapolis police
Each of the 12 protesters will receive $50,000 as a result.
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.
Congress sends stinging message to Minnesota about Medicaid
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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