Friday, July 31, 2015

State health care contracting reforms save taxpayers $650 million

Gov. Mark Dayton and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Lucinda Jesson announced July 28 that Minnesota’s first statewide competitive bidding process for managed care contracts, and other contract adjustments, saved taxpayers nearly $650 million. The savings come from both contracting reform (nearly $450 million) and a contract settle-up provision allowing DHS to recoup unspent health insurance dollars ($200 million). These public programs provide more than 800,000 Minnesotans high-quality health coverage. With today’s savings, the Dayton Administration has implemented cost saving reforms that have resulted in more than $1.65 billion in savings for taxpayers since 2011.
More information is in a news release about the managed care contracts on the Governor's Office website.