According to this article from CBS Boston, the problems in the Minnesota Department of Human Services are widespread. To quote the article, “DHS lost track of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money in just the last five years. That’s according to numerous investigations, reviews and outside independent analysis of one of Minnesota’s largest and most important agencies.”
Check this out:
Here’s a partial list in one place:
- 2016: $271 million to MNsure.
- 2017: $7.7 million to Medicaid.
- 2018: $30 million to MNCare.
- 2019: $72 million in child care.
- 2019: $3.7 million to dead people.
- 2019: $30 million in opioid overpayments.
That list alone comes to $414,400,000. That’s almost half a billion dollars spent on people who allegedly didn’t qualify for their various programs. That’s quite stunning in light of this fact:
Minnesota’s sprawling DHS occupies a full city block in downtown St. Paul, with 16,000 employees and a budget of $17.5 billion.
That’s before learning this:
DHS manages thousands of programs for Minnesota’s most vulnerable poor, disabled, seniors and children. Those programs include food stamps and housing, health care, refugee resettlement, sex offender treatment, gambling, drug addiction and mental health, and much more.
Then there’s this:
That statement is from 2011. The statement said that oversight was weak even then. Think about that a minute. Things didn’t change in almost a decade. Then think about this frightening thought: Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders want this to be the blueprint for health care ‘reform’. You can virtually hear people saying ‘Over my dead body’. The frightening thought about that battle cry in Minnesota is that those dead people might get a check from Human Services.
Trusting DHS isn’t a worthwhile effort.