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Minnesota’s Medicaid Director Was on Vacation in Costa Rica with State Exchange’s Exec Last Month

It turns out that the director of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange wasn’t alone on her Caribbean vacation last month.

When the head of MNsure, the state’s exchange, spent eight days in Costa Rica at the end of November as her project flagged, she was accompanied by Jim Golden, Minnesota’s Medicaid director, sources tell the local NBC affiliate.

Questions have been raised over the propriety of the relationship between the heads of two key health-care bodies, but there’s no conflict of interest, MNsure maintains.

Golden was “in regular contact” with both Medicaid officials and MNsure when he was on the tip, the state’s Department of Human Services said.

Perhaps MNsure’s lack of oversight is partly to blame; The exchange’s oversight committee has only met three times this year, and hasn’t convened in the last three months.