Panel grills Minn. commissioner over Medicaid 26 Apr 12

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A congressional panel had sharp questions for a top official in Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration about Minnesota’s Medicaid program.

Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson testified Wednesday before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Republicans offered much of the tough talk, though Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, also was skeptical.

He wanted to know how Jesson and the state could justify saying that Minnesota didn’t need to split with the federal government a $30 million payment last year from UCare. That’s the Minneapolis-based health plan that manages care for Medicaid patients. It’s jointly funded by state and federal governments.

Jesson says the state could keep the money because UCare called it a donation to the state.

Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

 

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