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Minnesota pressures Indian bands to repay $25 million in Medicaid overpayments, despite evidence of state fault

Documents suggest DHS knew about Medicaid overpayments in 2015


August 14, 2019

Chris Serres

White Earth chairman Eugene Tibbetts (right) testified at a Senate committee hearing Tuesday on the $25 million in alleged Medicaid overpayments. He is seated next to Faron Jackson, chairman of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Danielle Stevens, compliance director at White Earth Nation.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is intensifying pressure on two Indian bands to repay $25.3 million in Medicaid overpayments, despite mounting evidence that state officials were largely to blame for the billing error.

In letters sent to the Indian bands, acting Human Services Commissioner Pamela Wheelock said the state is legally obligated to collect the excess payments from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and White Earth Nation for addiction treatment services, even if the overpayments were caused by DHS error and were not the fault of the bands.


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