MN Legislative Auditor: 'MNsure Needs Top-to-Bottom Audit'

Updated: 01/05/2014 10:23 PM By: Jay Kolls

Minnesota's top watchdog over government spending says MNsure is the number one priority of his office this year.

Minnesota Legislative Auditor James Nobles tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS "MNsure has many red flags causing great concern and I would like my auditors to conduct a comprehensive audit of the program because it does not appear to be delivering what it promised to taxpayers."

Nobles says everything at MNsure needs a "close examination" from the computer system to what the health care exchange is actually delivering to taxpayers and consumers. Nobles says there are computer problems at MNsure that have occurred in the past and, he says, "it does not look like we have learned from our mistakes."

Nobles says MNsure, like any other state agency, needs transparency and accountability so "the taxpayers and public have confidence in the system." Nobles says he plans to ask the Legislative Audit Commission for permission to audit MNsure and it will be his "top priority when the Legislature convenes next month."

Nobles also says he will seek permission to audit the Legacy Fund as well and he would like to see "another comprehensive evaluation" of the sex offender program at St. Peter, Minnesota.

Nobles says the state has to figure out a solution to the problems in the sex offender program because there are "Constitutional issues at stake in that issue."