Congressional panel grills DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson on state Medicaid spending

Commissioner Lucinda Jesson
MinnPost photo by James NordCommissioner Lucinda Jesson

Lawmakers by and large acknowledged that there was a problem and were left trying to figure out how it all happened.

Democratic Rep. Betty McCollum accused former Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s administration of “negotiating Medicaid contracts with health plans with little to no transparency” and said his officials should be the ones testifying before the committee.

McCollum and Jesson said the Dayton administration had been working to change the system.

Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Robert Gauthier on 04/25/2012 - 05:39 pm.

    Finally

    Someone mentions the elephant in the room, this was done by the Pawlenty administration.

    • Submitted by Dennis Tester on 04/26/2012 - 07:50 am.

      The smoking gun

      is in Dayton appointee Lucinda Jesson’s emails where she admits conspiracy to commit fraud.

  2. Submitted by craig furguson on 04/26/2012 - 12:08 am.

    “…found the state to be spending less of its money on in-state health care plans while overcharging the federal government, through Medicaid reimbursements, to make up the difference.” This sounds exactly what Hospitals do. Different rates for different customers.

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