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Report Summary
Department of Human Services
Information Verification in Eligibility Determinations
Special Review

 

Financial Audit Division Report 13-05 Released March 26, 2013

Background

In December 2012, the Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) decided to follow up on previous OLA concerns about the process used by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to verify social security numbers and incomes reported by recipients of the state’s Medical Assistance program. Our review focused on Medical Assistance and other public assistance programs, including the MinnesotaCare program, a state-created, subsidized health insurance program funded from a state tax on health care providers, federal matching funds, and enrollee premiums. We are reporting the result of our review separate from other findings that may emerge from our audit of the department’s public assistance programs because we think there is a need for the department to resolve long-standing deficiencies noted in this and previous reports.

Findings

  • The Department of Human Services did not comply with federal and state requirements to verify the social security numbers and income reported by participants in MinnesotaCare.
  • The Department of Human Services did not effectively monitor resolution of income discrepancies for several public assistance programs.

Audit Scope

Audit Scope:

We audited the Department of Human Services’ compliance with federal and state requirements to verify reported social security numbers and income through electronic file matches with other government data for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 (through February 2013).

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