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Bachmann among Minnesota lawmakers seeking Medicaid audit

February 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Minnesota U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said she plans to introduce a federal bill similar to one recently introduced at the state level to require independent audits of health maintenance organizations. The push began last week when Minnesota lawmakers heard that one HMO returned $30 million it said the state overpaid. Continue Reading

Bachmann, state lawmakers want Medicaid audit

February 20, 2012 in West Central Tribune

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann hosted a Minnesota Capitol news conference today for the first time since she ended her presidential campaign to support a state effort to increase health-care organizations’ accountability. Continue Reading

Minnesota HMOs agree to give back excess 2011 profits

April 5, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Gov. Mark Dayton says four large health plans have agreed to cap 2011 profits from state business and give back excess earnings. Dayton announced the one-year agreement today with Blue Cross Blue Shield, HealthPartners, Medica and UCare, saying the plans will return profits above 1 percent next April. Continue Reading

Minnesota Democrats join push for HMO records

February 25, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Parts of the proposal echo sentiments and ideas from a number of Republican lawmakers who want to probe how much health maintenance organizations, which are nonprofit, are essentially profiting by running state-funded health programs. Continue Reading