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News : MNsure To Return Grant Money
St. Paul, MN, USA, Dec 15, 2015 -- Minnesota's state insurance exchange, MNsure, will return federal grant money that it spent on office remodeling, a purpose not allowed under grant rules. Andy Slavitt, acting director for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services told Congress earlier this month that the agency was recovering misspent funds from several states.
MNsure must refund federal grant money after wrongly using funds to prepare unused office space for its call center and other staff.
The use of grant funds for that purpose isn’t allowed by the federal government, according to a letter this week from MNsure Chief Executive Allison O’Toole to a legislative oversight committee.
"MNsure will either pay that amount back, or have it deducted from future grant payments," MNsure spokesman Shane Delaney said in a statement. "MNsure continues to work with [the federal government] to finalize arrangements for the adjustment."
Minnesota is one of at least four states to use federal grants for purposes that weren’t allowed.
The state of Arkansas, for example, is repaying grant funds, according to testimony earlier this month from the acting administrator of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The agency is working with at least three other states to recover funds, said CMS acting administrator Andy Slavitt, without identifying Minnesota.
"Our job is to manage every dollar tightly," Slavitt told the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Most states rely on the HealthCare.gov exchange created by the federal government, including some states that initially tried to create their own exchanges.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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