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Auditor: DHS Violated Law in MinnesotaCare Program

Posted at: 03/26/2013 3:08 PM

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - 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.

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 (http://bit.ly/X9RM9a) 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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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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