White Earth’s MAT billing dispute settled with signing of Health and Human Services Omnibus bill

With the Health and Human Services budget bill signing, language was included to clear up the billing disputes for substance use disorder medication-assisted treatment.

In 2019, the Department of Human Services alleged White Earth Nation’s MAT Program overbilled for services provided over two years in excess of $14 million.

White Earth maintained that they were following DHS billing guidelines.

The $18.8 billion bill includes language that finally settles the dispute.

White Earth Chairman Michael Fairbanks applauds the action, and said, “Now we can fully focus on providing quality services to our people…. for healthier families and stronger communities.”


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north-central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment, and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji and enjoys spending her spare time with her son Logan, daughter Brigid, and pets Vincent and Piper. She also loves reading, Star Trek, and gardening... badly.


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