**UPDATED** GOP Reps. Brian Johnson and Nick Zerwas are raising concerns about plans to transfer six civilly committed sex offenders to a facility in Cambridge. In a letter to Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson, the legislators questioned whether the plan will endanger the public.Read More »
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Milliman-Milwaukee is now the actuary for Minnesota's Medicaid managed care program. The firm has replaced Milliman-Minneapolis as the agency responsible for making sure Minnesota's rate-setting methodology is sound.Read More »
MNsure's board of directors voted to add up to $750,000 in additional outreach grants at Wednesday's meeting. The move came in response to an uproar from groups -- primarily in the African American community -- that felt like they were slighted in the first round of $4 million in grants to 30 organizations.Read More »
The outreach system being established to help individuals obtain health insurance through MNsure is one of the more bewildering aspects of the looming rollout of the state's health insurance exchange.Read More »
Raymond Messer, who has been civilly committed as a sexually dangerous person since 2011, committed suicide on Friday at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program's Moose Lake facility, according to multiple sources familiar with the incident.Read More »
Minnesota’s Medicaid rates for 2012 and 2013 have yet to be approved by the federal government. At issue is whether the state’s methodology for calculating those rates is credible.
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Legislation that would change how dangerous sex offenders are indefinitely detained cleared the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday with bipartisan support. The bill is now cleared to be taken up on the Senate floor.Read More »
**UPDATED** The Senate released its health and human services finance bill on Monday. The biggest difference from the House: no hospital surcharge. The House bill counts on just over $100 million in new revenues from such a tax.Read More »
David Mosley has more than two decades of experience scrutinizing public health programs at the state and federal level. In all of that time, he's never encountered a state that did not collect paid claims data to provide a basis for setting its Medicaid rates.
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Rep. Carolyn Laine, DFL- has introduced legislation that would limit the net worth of health maintenance organizations to 25 percent of their expenses during the most recent calendar year. The proposal is intended to cap the wealth of the nonprofit health plans -- primarily HealthPartners, Medica, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota and UCare -- that Minnesota contracts with to run the state's $8-billion-per-year Medicaid program.Read More »