Fourth Federal Investigation Launched into Minnesota's Medicaid Program

Updated: 06/10/2012 9:43 PM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

The Center for Medicaid Services is the fourth federal investigation into Medicaid and the four HMOs that run Minnesota's Medicaid program. CMS joins the U.S. Justice Department, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in investigating Minnesota's $4 billion-a-year Medicaid program.

The feds are trying to figure out of the four HMOs conspired with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to artificially inflate Medicaid costs to illegally obtain federal matching dollars. Rep. Michele Bachmann, (R), 6th District, tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the fourth investigation reveals there is something "highly suspect" about Minnesota's Medicaid program. Bachmann is authoring legislation that will require every HMO in the country to be audited before they can receive any Medicaid money.

Bachmann also says it is time Congress bring the four HMOs out to Washington, put them under oath, and make them testify about how they administer the Medicaid program. The four HMOs are Medica, U-Care, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota and HealthPartners. Bachmann says she now has support from two of her Minnesota colleauges in the House. She says Democrats Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum support her legislation.