After Minnesota State Senator Sean Nienow (R-Cambridge) wrote a letter to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) calling for a congressional inquiry into Medicaid funding in Minnesota, Senator Grassley responded by sending a letter to all 50 states, drawing national attention to HMO transparency issues.
Allegations have recently surfaced that the state may have inflated health care spending figures in order to receive additional matching funds from the federal government.
Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is calling on each state to provide information that ensures “that resources are being properly spent through managed care entities.”
Sen. Nienow, who initially brought attention to potential improper action last year and introduced legislation (SF 1824) to combat issues of fraud in our state’s health care program, commented on Grassley’s letter.
“I am happy to see increased attention to the lack of oversight in health care spending,” said Sen. Nienow. “If we have questions about how Medicaid funding is being spent in Minnesota, chances are other states have questions as well. The legislation I introduced regarding HMO transparency and third-party audits gets to the heart of the questions Senator Grassley is asking in his letter. With greater concern on the federal level and pointed legislation at the state level, I am confident we can restore trust and integrity to the Medicaid program and its oversight.”