The chronology of failures to audit the DHS/HMO billion dollar relationship…

1) In 2008, the Legislative Auditor examined the financial management of Minnesota’s public health care programs and reported that, essentially, there was no oversight or supervision of these programs–and the Legislative Auditor didn’t audit them.   2) In August 2010, the U.S. Government Accountability Office reported that the actuarial standards of practice our HMOs claim […]

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Abeler Authors Letter of Support For External HMO Audit

A year long effort by Healthcare Reform advocates from across Minnesota to demand an external audit of the state’s business dealing with HMOs  has reached fruition.  Sen. Jim Abeler (R-Anoka) has authored a letter to be delivered to MN Legislative Auditor Jim Nobles requesting immediate action regarding an outside, external audit of the $5 billion […]

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GMHCC Has Lost A Great Advocate

We are sad to announce the passing of current GMHCC President Jerry (Jerome) Challman from Duluth. From Buddy Robinson: “With great sadness I have to report that Jerry Challman died yesterday.   It was sudden and unexpected, and he apparently passed peacefully while sleeping.    He had significant medical issues, but there was no forewarning that this […]

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Outcome-Based Purchasing

  GMHCC Offers Comments on Outcome-Based Purchasing… Nurses Association Also Weighs In Response to MN Dept. of Human Services Request for Comments on: Outcomes-Based Purchasing Redesign and Next Generation IHP *********************************************** Introductory, general comments: Greater MN Health Care Coalition (GMHCC) represents low and middle income health care consumers in the East Central, Central, and Northeast […]

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What’s happening to health insurance in Minnesota?

1. Important points about Blue Cross Blue Shield MN: 1. Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota is dropping over 100,000 people from individual health insurance policies — with the explanation of losing too much money.  You should know that: 2.  Despite $126 M overall reported loss for 2015, Blue Cross and its Blue Plus subsidiary had, […]

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Healthcare Estate Liens Addressed By Legislature

The recent news that some families who are enrolled in Medical Assistance (through MNsure) have had substantial liens placed against their property was a shock to many Minnesotans. According to the little publicized provision in the MNsure enrollment in MA (Medical Assistance, Minnesota’s version of Medicaid), if you’re 55 or older and on MA, the […]

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Decision On Bidding Process Leaves Counties With Questions

An appeals process, undertaken by twenty-eight (28) counties in Minnesota, sought to undo or at least forestall a ruling by the MN Department of Human Services (DHS) regarding healthcare contracts.  Their appeal had some success, but still left many questions unanswered as to the future and the budgeting process that will be needed to keep […]

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30 Counties Appealing DHS Bid Results

 One of South Country Health Alliance (a county based healthcare organization in outstate Minnesota) and UCare’s last hopes for salvaging enrollment began September 16th, as a three person panel started to hear their case.  Their appeal was based on a recent Dept. of Human Services (DHS) decision to drop UCare  and South Country from administering  […]

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Healthcare Accountability Press Conference

GMHCC held a press conference on Wednesday March 27th at 11 a.m. in Room 125 of the State Capitol building.  The purpose of the press conference was to update the media about progess and updates in our investigative efforts on HMO and DHS accountability in healthcare.  It’s a follow-up to the release of our 20 […]

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Healthcare Bid Process Will Affect 400,000

After announcing the results of the statewide competitive bidding for public health programs, it appears that South Country Health Alliance (SCHA) and UCare will be dramatically impacted.  South Country Health Alliance is a county-based healthcare purchasing collaboration which has Kanabec County as one of its eleven (11) member counties.  UCare is a twin cities based […]

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