The Department of Health and Human Services is severing ties with the Alexander Group.
It announced today that it has ended it's contract with the organization which was hired to study medicaid expansion.
Department officials decided to end the contract when it was learned that a portion of the report presented to the state had been plagiarized.
DHHS released a statement today saying there was value contained in the content that was produced under the agreement but there were serious problems that warranted both financial penalties and an end to future work.
DHHS has issued a fine of more than $ 145 thousand dollars which is about the amount the state still owed the organization.
The total amount lost to the Alexander Group was about $474 thousand dollars.