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Minnesota's Medicaid program paid $3.7 million for deceased enrollees


October 3, 2019

Anthony Souffle – Star Tribune

New Department of Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead took questions from sate senators after being introduced at the start of a Minnesota State Senate joint meeting on Health and Human Services finance and policy in September 2019.

Minnesota's Medicaid program improperly paid $3.7 million to HMOs to provide health coverage for enrollees who were deceased, a federal audit has found.

The Department of Human Services (DHS), which runs Medicaid, pays managed care organizations a flat fee per enrollee to administer health benefits for about 850,000 of the 1.1 million people covered by the program. But DHS was paying them for some enrollees who had died, according to an audit report released this week by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


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