Bachmann calls for federal audit of Minnesota Medicaid program

Published on June 8, 2012 at 11:39 AM · No Comments

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is asking for a federal audit of her state's Medicaid program after a congressional probe found a year's worth of alleged overpayments. In other news, insurers Molina and Centene have won back Medicaid contracts in Ohio after initially being rejected. 

MinnPost:  Bachmann Calls For Audit Of Minnesota's Medicaid Program
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has called for a federal audit of Minnesota's Medicaid management program. Bachmann sent a letter to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday asking for an independent third-party audit of Minnesota's Medicaid billing practices in light of a congressional investigation into a year's worth of alleged overpayments to the state's managed care organizations (Henry, 6/7).

Minnesota Public Radio: Bachmann Wants Independent Audit Of State's Medicaid Program
Michele Bachmann is stepping up her campaign for federal officials to take a deeper look at how Minnesota's Medicaid managed care plans operate. Later today, the Minnesota Republican congresswoman will send a letter to Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, asking that the federal government conduct an independent, third-party audit of Minnesota's management of the federal-state health care program for the poor. Bachmann's request comes after a House hearing in April that paid particular attention to Minnesota's contracts with nonprofit managed care organizations and UCare's $30 million payment to the state in 2011 (Neely, 6/7).

(St. Paul) Pioneer Press: Minnesota: Bachmann Calls For Audit Of State Medicaid
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is calling for a federal agency to audit Minnesota's Medicaid program. In comments before a House of Representatives subcommittee on Thursday, June 7, Bachmann said she was sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services calling for "an immediate, independent third-party audit of Minnesota's books." "This situation needs immediate attention," Bachmann told the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee, which was taking testimony on fraud in the federal Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs (Snowbeck, 6/7). 

In other news, Molina and Centene have won back the right to do Medicaid business in Ohio after initially being rejected for renewal. Medicaid managed care makes news in Texas and Florida also --

The Wall Street Journal: Molina, Centene Win Back Ohio Medicaid Business
Medicaid health insurers Molina Healthcare Inc. and Centene Corp. won back business in Ohio after protesting their prior rejection for new contracts starting next year. The state, which had initially named Aetna Inc. a winner, dropped that insurer from its list of five Medicaid health plans that will serve starting Jan. 1. Meridian Health Plan, a nonprofit, was also dropped after initially being named a winner (Kamp, 6/7).

The Columbus Dispatch:  State Revises Which Health Plans Will Manage Medicaid Program Following Protests
Two months after shaking up which health plans get billions to manage Ohio's Medicaid program, state officials are mixing it up again.  Two of the five companies awarded preliminary contracts -- Aetna Better Health of Ohio and Meridian -- were notified today that they have lost contracts for the work following a review of their bids by the state Department of Job and Family Services (Candisky, 6/7).

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