ST. PAUL, Minn. — A congressional panel sharply questioned a top official in Gov. Mark Dayton’s administration on Wednesday about Minnesota’s Medicaid program, focusing on why state officials believed they didn’t have turn over about $15 million in health care payments to the federal government.
Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Republicans offered much of the tough talk, though Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, also was skeptical, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported (http://bit.ly/Jb4qb0).
Kucinich wanted to know how Jesson and the state could have argued that Minnesota didn’t need to split with the federal government a $30 million payment last year from UCare, a Minneapolis-based health plan that manages care for Medicaid patients.