MNA RNs and the (nearly) $4 Billion Question

24 Apr

MNA President Linda Hamilton has helped lead the charge for answers to the (nearly) $4 Billion Question that health care whistleblower David Feinwachs began asking in late 2010.

Concerned about whether billions in Minnesota taxpayer funds were actually being used for direct patient care, MNA RN leaders including President Linda Hamilton began pushing in early 2011 for what has now become a federal investigation of the state’s financial dealings with non-profit HMOs. With the story continuing to evolve, we’ve compiled this post to help chronicle the history of the issue and MNA’s role in it.

Background: In late 2010, KSTP-TV Investigative Reporter Jay Kolls broke a story featuring former Minnesota Hospital Association Attorney Dave Feinwachs. Dave was fired by the MHA after insinuating that Department of Human Services officials under Governor Tim Pawlenty’s administration had been looking the other way while non-profit HMO Executives raked in nearly $4 billion in taxpayer dollars per budget cycle for services they could not prove they provided. Worse yet, there were no records or documents that could be produced for public review. On March 23, 2011, Gov. Mark Dayton signed an Executive Order demanding more transparency and clarity from the HMOs in reporting the profits they are making from providing state health care services.

2011 Archives


The original “HMO Black Box” video that started it all:

A Summary of 2011 TV News Coverage:

One Response to “MNA RNs and the (nearly) $4 Billion Question”


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