State Rep. Jeff Backer, one of the members of the New House Republican Caucus. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

The Department of Human Services (DHS) is cancelling its request for proposals for health coverage for families, children, and seniors in a number of Greater Minnesota counties across the state. Instead, DHS will enter into negotiations to renew the current contracts for next year. This year’s contracting process was causing significant disruption for many Greater Minnesota counties.

Recently, DHS issued a decision for state health program contracting. In that decision, DHS chose not to contract with PrimeWest Health, a county-based purchasing plan which provides services through Medicaid and MinnesotaCare to low-income residents in 13 Greater Minnesota counties. According to Republican State Representative Jeff Backer of Browns Valley, failing to contract with PrimeWest would have negatively impacted how these services were provided to Minnesotans.

“This is great news for families and individuals in our area that depend on life-saving medical services through Medicaid and MinnesotaCare,” said Backer. “DHS’s initial decision and the way it conducted the procurement and health plan selection process displayed a blatant disregard for the role and authority of counties.”


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