At the end of June, the career professional in charge of Minnesota’s Medicaid program was suddenly let go. The only reason given was that his job was simply being eliminated.
Next, at the beginning of July, two top deputy commissioners resigned abruptly without saying why.
Days later, Department of Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey resigned as well, saying only that he wasn’t the right man for the job. The next day, his chief of staff quit, and the two deputies rescinded their resignations.
So why did all this happen? So far, Gov. Walz and folks at the department are keeping everything to themselves. Senate Republicans have submitted data practices requests to try and learn the truth, but we haven’t been given anything yet.
Here’s what we know: The agency has a terrible track record of failure, fraud, waste and privacy breaches. The list dates all the way back to the failed launch of MNsure in 2013, and includes MinnesotaCare and Medicaid eligibility problems, PCA Medicaid fraud, elder abuse, child care assistance fraud and much more. But clearly there is something else happening, and the public has a right to know about it.
You can help. We want to hear your story.
We created a new Whistleblower portal where current and former DHS employees can tell us what they have experienced. Your stories will help us eliminate fraud, waste and unethical behavior.
Tell us your story at www.mnsenaterepublicans.com/mnwhistleblower.
We take your privacy seriously: submissions will be sent directly to the office of the majority leader, and feedback will absolutely not be released without the express consent of the submitter.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 651-296-0293 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sen. Jason Rarick represents District 11 in the Minnesota Senate.