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Senators launch bipartisan efforts to fight insurance fraud

Posted: February 14, 2014 - 3:10pm

Senators announce bipartisan efforts on insurance fraud

Sen. Vicki Jensen, DFL-Owatonna, Sen. Jim Metzen, DFL-South Saint Paul, and Sen. Paul Gazelka, R-Cass County, recently announced a comprehensive package of reforms that will start to address insurance fraud. The senators were joined by Mark Kulda, vice president of public affairs, for the Insurance Federation of Minnesota, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and Minnesota law enforcement personnel.

“Insurance fraud is not a Republican or Democrat issue, it is a Minnesota issue and we’ve been working diligently in a bipartisan way to correct fraud issues,” Gazelka said. “These corrections will in turn help lower the cost of insurance for all Minnesotans. I’d like to thank Sen. Metzen for appointing me as a co-chair of the Insurance Fraud Working Group. We expect the results will benefit all Minnesotans and I look forward to working together this session as we implement the reforms agreed upon by all parties over the past several months.”

The proposed reforms will enhance fraud penalties, increase the ability for insurers and law enforcement to share key data, protect the privacy of the records of accident victims, eliminate unscrupulous billing practices that help hide fraud being committed and impose new restrictions on the use of repackaged drugs.

The legislation is the result of a bipartisan working group that met multiple times throughout the interim. Co-chaired by Sen. Jensen and Sen. Gazelka, the working group heard testimony from a number of stakeholders that provided information on insurance fraud’s effects and possible changes to state law.