Lawmakers press Dayton to hit pause on UCare decision

Published 10:00 am Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ST. PAUL — State senators are pressing Gov. Mark Dayton to halt a contracting process in which a major health insurance company lost out.

UCare sued the state last month after losing out during a bid process for public programs. A judge is currently weighing the company’s request to pause a registration period slated to start Sept. 4.

Nearly a dozen senators sent a letter to Dayton Tuesday with a similar request. The lawmakers echo complaints from UCare that the state hasn’t been forthcoming about why the Minneapolis company didn’t make the cut.

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Dayton deputy chief of staff Linden Zakula says the process will mean savings for taxpayers and better health care.

State officials say their competitive bidding will save roughly $450 million. But the senators argue that the costs of shifting 400,000 residents to new plans may shrink those savings.