Website shows how $3 billion to cover uninsured Minnesotans is spent

The Minnesota Department of Human Services has launched a website that details how the state's nonprofit health plans spend $3 billion in state money to insure low-income Minnesotans.

Human Services Assistant Commissioner Scott Leitz said the website includes state contracts with BluePlus, HealthPartners, Medica and other HMOs. It shows how much each HMO was paid to administer state-sponsored health insurance programs over the last few years.

"It's also more of a part of a general philosophy of us doing our work in a transparent environment and ensuring that as we do our contracting that we make sure that when information is made public it's made public and is made pretty attainable by the public," Leitz added.

HMOs cover more than a half a million people enrolled in state-sponsored health insurance programs like Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.