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Legislators leveled stinging criticism at state agencies at a hearing on mismanagement of financial contracts that led to nearly 1,800 violations of state law over the past year.
A top official at the Minnesota Department of Human Services told the legislative auditor that overpayments to two Indian bands are just "one example" of wider dysfunction in the agency's oversight of millions of dollars.
Gov. Tim Walz says he welcomes scrutiny of the agency.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services violated state law with $52 million in contracts and grant commitments to vendors, Indian bands and other state government agencies without proper documentation, according to records.
A $600 million system was supposed to streamline aid for people with disabilities. But instead it's a giant mess.
The legislative auditor expresses concern and is monitoring the situation.
Improvements made amid a sharp rise in the number of complaints alleging serious maltreatment.
Nursing home complaints pile up despite reform efforts by Legislature, advocates.
The most recent deaths involved patients over the age of 50 who died after "complicated hospitalizations."
A few hours can shape the rest of the year for Minnesota families. High-stakes disability assessments deliver critical help, or despair.
Minnesota's Medicaid program improperly paid $3.7 million to HMOs for enrollees who were deceased, a federal audit has found.
Extent of the blood disorder is not clear, hampering treatment.
State is working with Leech Lake, White Earth bands to repay $29.1M.
With families desperate, thousands are uprooting themselves in Minnesota because they can't get the help they need where they live.
Emily and David Gold keep the small bedroom where their daughter Lizzie once lived exactly as she left it. Her favorite flowered dress hangs on…
Disease is unusual in bats, but it presents health risks to humans.
Jodi Harpstead takes the helm at an agency roiled by errors and recent resignations.
At issue is a prescription drug tracking system.
Marie Zimmerman, who oversaw Medical Assistance, announced her resignation effective in 10 days, the second high-profile departure this week.
Claire Wilson was caught up in leadership turmoil at the state's biggest agency.
Federal officials say the Department of Human Services paid chemical-dependency treatment facilities illegally.
The south Minneapolis lake's two beaches will be closed for the rest of the season out of an "abundance of caution," Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board officials said.
The overpayments, made over a period of five years, were made to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the White Earth Nation to provide Suboxone, a medication used to treat opioid dependency.
Some consumer advocates see hope for lower prices, though plan might exclude insulin.
Officials have come under fire for limiting access to drugs and services, ignoring medical expertise.
Shortly after starting her palliative care training at the University of Minnesota in 2014, she received her own cancer diagnosis.
The cases have been linked to basil imported from Mexico at restaurants in Rochester, Hermantown and Duluth, according to the Minnesota Health Department.
Faye K. Bernstein said she raised alarms about the legality of contracts at the social services agency. Lawmakers have renewed calls for breaking up the Minnesota Department of Human Services amid leadership disarray.
Minnesota is joining a growing number of states that regulate pharmacy middlemen.
Faced with soaring costs and insurance restrictions, Minnesota diabetics are turning to Facebook, eBay, Craigslist and other lesser-known markets where they can offer medication they no longer need and ask others for help.
The state could remove limits to getting effective drug under Medicaid.
The decision reverses a move by federal Medicare authorities to cut billions of dollars in payments supporting hospital care for low-income patients.
Some have the virus and don't know it, others have the diagnosis but aren't getting care.
In a ruling that is ruffling feathers in Minnesota's medical and legal communities, the state Supreme Court has said that a doctor can be sued for malpractice even in the absence of a traditional physician-patient relationship.
Diabetes activists head to Canada to snare affordable medicine and supplies.
Colleran went on to advocate for treatment programs for older adults and hold leadership positions at some of the nation's most prominent addiction treatment organizations.
Minnesota so far has escaped measles infections at a time when the country has seen more than 700 cases, the highest number in the past 25 years. But health officials here know that the seeds of an outbreak could be just a plane ride away.
Amid opioid crisis, many rural areas lack providers of updated drug therapy.
After federal cuts, money for MinnesotaCare will be $900 million short in 2023.
"Herd immunity" is lost in one-third of state schools, several of which have had chickenpox outbreaks since 2017. That's the same year unvaccinated children helped drive a measles outbreak.
Continual uptick is a "worrisome long-term trend," health officials say.
When health insurers change the list of drugs they will pay for, that can mean higher costs, more co-payments and medical complications.
Clinic says its practices comply with the law.
Shortfalls in historic 1998 settlement putting Minnesota's quit-smoking efforts in jeopardy.
Hepatitis C is one of the most common infectious diseases, with the potential to cause serious liver damage, so patients were thrilled when a set of revolutionary new medications became available five years ago.
Salmonella outbreak from pets prompts warning.
It is the biggest jump since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2013, according to a report released by the Minnesota Hospital Association.
Proposals to expand MinnesotaCare face uphill fight in GOP-led Senate.
Breadth of 2010 health care law means many will be affected if it's struck down in the courts.
Minnesota hit No. 7 due to excessive drinking, obesity and lower rate of immunizations.
The annual illness season in Minnesota has gotten off to a slow start, but that's likely to change.
Single adults in 30 Minnesota counties and on 11 American Indian reservations have been exempt from work requirements due to scarce jobs.
Oliver Rodriguez-Ocampo's stay at the downtown Minneapolis hospital was the longest for a preemie for the past 18 years.
Increasingly sophisticated simulators are on the front lines of health care workers' training.
Despite a strong economy, 1.1M Minnesotans rely on public health insurance.
Many diabetics say they need help, with the price having tripled since 2002.
Lack of necessary health care can undercut inmate's re-entry into society.
Kowalski's and others clear their shelves; a Lake Elmo restaurant is reworking its salads for Thanksgiving.
Workarounds are helping, but common drugs scarce.
Glynn Crooks, a longtime leader of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, was passionate about passing on Dakota culture and traditions, as well as expressing his…
With Affordable Care Act still jarring U.S. politics, access to health care and how to pay for it a major issue dividing Tim Walz, Jeff Johnson.
Remote exams, lower costs regaining favor.
With its own roots in the co-op movement, HealthPartners spreads the model overseas.
Dr. Robert Isaacson was a "modest, self-effacing person," according to his wife, but he had an amazing ability to bring people together and inspire them…
Minnesota hospitals are seeing a rise in costly illnesses related to syringe-sharing.
National shortage is the latest of many to hit the U.S. pharmaceutical industry.
A woman sued her Duluth employer when its health insurance didn't cover her son's treatment.
Latest data suggest that, for healthy people, there's no benefit – but some risks.
Unvaccinated children at risk in some overseas nations, officials say.
Despite the increase, Minnesota still has one of the lowest rates of uninsured in the country at 4.5 percent.
Minnesota's Medicaid program will remove one of the biggest obstacles facing patients who need drug therapy, cutting the red tape that doctors say has impeded their ability to prescribe treatment medications for opioid addiction.
HealthPartners study to see if community workers affect heart outcomes.
The state sued after feds sought to withhold support of the MinnesotaCare program.
New infection underscores growing global threat.
Health officials urge shots for anyone who might have come in contact with the animal.