Minnesota Lawmaker Calls HMO Spending Report "Useless"

Updated: 03/09/2012 2:00 PM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

The report by the Minnesota Department of Human Services was requested two years ago by the legislature and the Office of the Legislative Auditor. The report is supposed to help lawmakers better understand exactly how and where seven, big HMOs spend 3-billion dollars every year on public health programs.

State Senator John Marty, (DFL) Roseville, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he read the entire spending report and found it "useless." Marty says the HMOs are vendors of the state and they need to provide a detailed spending report that should be audited by the state. Marty told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the state audit should be part of any new legislation that comes out of this legislative session at the Capitol.

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