HHS wants Min­nesota to re­turn por­tion of ACA ex­change funds

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Vir­gil Dick­son

Min­nesota may have im­prop­erly spent fed­eral grants that were meant to help es­tab­lish its health in­sur­ance mar­ket­place, ac­cord­ing to HHS’ Of­fice of In­spec­tor Gen­eral.

The state was awarded $189.6 mil­lion in grants to es­tab­lish its own Af­ford­able Care Act ex­change. The OIG has flagged around $1.2 mil­lion as pos­si­bly be­ing mis­spent.

Min­nesota made as­sump­tions based on what the fed­eral watch­dog called out­dated method­ol­ogy, ac­cord­ing to the OIG. It also stated that the Min­nesota mar­ket­place re­im­bursed a con­trac­tor twice be­cause it did not cre­ate or main­tain com­plete and ac­cu­rate in­ven­tory records.

The agency rec­om­mends the state re­turn the money in ques­tion. Min­nesota of­fi­cials are ap­peal­ing the de­ci­sion but agreed that they should cre­ate bet­ter in­ven­tory records.

ACA ex­change fund­ing au­dits have also turned up sim­i­lar prob­lems in Mary­land, Ne­vada, New York, Vermont and Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

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