Auditor: DHS Violated Law in MinnesotaCare Program

Created: 03/26/2013 4:00 PM KSTP.com By: Leslie Dyste

The legislative auditor finds the Minnesota Department of Human Services failed to properly check recipients enrolling in MinnesotaCare.

MinnesotaCare is a taxpayer-subsidized program for Minnesotans who can't afford private health insurance but don't qualify for Medicaid. Some 129,000 people are enrolled.

The Star Tribune reports Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles said in a report Tuesday Human Services has known for years it was failing to verify income and Social Security numbers to ensure MinnesotaCare recipients are eligible.

Human Services officials say a new computer system that will be launched in conjunction with the state's MNsure health insurance exchange should fix the problem. But the Star Tribune reports Nobles remains skeptical.

In a letter to Nobles, Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson agreed with the findings and said her agency will work to correct the problems.

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