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 »
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**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.
Tagged with: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Dan Schoen David Mosley Glenn Gruenhagen HealthPartners Kenneth Vieira Media Medicaid Minnesota Department of Human Services Nancy Feldman Scott Leitz The Segal Company UCareRead More »
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 »
The Segal Company has been awarded a contract to audit Minnesota's Medicaid rates from 2003 to 2011. The Atlanta-based firm will receive just over $150,000 to scrutinize the state's rate-setting methodology over the next three months.Read More »
Sen. John Marty has introduced legislation that would prohibit the state from enrolling any more Medicaid recipients into managed-care programs after March 1. Instead the Department of Human Services would be required to cover the individuals directly.Read More »
Gov. Mark Dayton has picked Lucinda Jesson to be Minnesota's next commissioner of the Department of Human Services. The Hamline University law professor will oversee an agency that's likely to be the epicenter of the battle to close the state's $6.2 billion deficit.Read More »
The state of Minnesota is proceeding with plans to establish a $600 million line of credit to get through the cash-poor months ahead. And while Minnesota Management and Budget Department Commissioner Tom Hanson said on Tuesday that he doesn't want to call on the state's banker to get a short-term loan, he also conceded that his department might need to tap into the state's line of credit with U.S. Bank before the end of 2010.
Tagged with: Cal Ludeman Department of Education Department of Human Services Larry Pogemiller Legislative Commission on Planning and Fiscal Policy Local Government Aid Minnesota Department of Human Services Minnesota Management and Budget Minnesota Management and Budget Department Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Tim Pawlenty Tom Hanson Tony SertichRead More »
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) has awarded $2.4 million in grants to community organizations across the state to help aging Minnesotans live independently and remain in their own homes as long as possible.Read More »