Minn. Management and Budget Report Confirms Huge Projected MinnCare Deficit

Updated: 01/15/2014 10:16 PM KSTP.com By: Jay Kolls

The story 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has reported about MinnCare's financial crisis is now confirmed by a Minnesota Management and Budget report.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS had learned that Minnesota Care, a low-income health program for working families, has a projected deficit that could reach $500 million by 2019. A key lawmaker tells us he is "not surprised" and it is bad news for taxpayers because anyone who visits a doctor, dentist, or any other health care provider, pays into the MinnCare program.

State Sen. Sean Nienow, (R) Cambridge says MinnCare's deficit is "real money and real people will have to bail it out with more tax money, or there will have to be major reforms to close the budget gap."

Sen. Nienow says "there is simply no other way to fix it."

Sen. Nienow says the big question lawmakers and Gov. Dayton will have to answer is how did a state program that has never ended a fiscal year in debt end up with such a huge projected deficit.

Sen. Nienow says he thinks the state, specifically through MNsure, the state's new health insurance exchange program, has pushed too many people into MinnCare who don't belong there and it is stretching the resources and money put into the program.