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  • Human Services, Revenue Commissioners discuss child care access proposals in Mankato
    April 09, 2015 - Commissioners from the Minnesota Departments of Human Services and Revenue visited Mankato today to highlight proposals from Gov. Mark Dayton that will make quality child care accessible for thousands of middle class and low-income families.
  • Cost of MinnesotaCare less than tax penalties for many Minnesotans
    April 08, 2015 - As the April 15 tax deadline approaches now is a good time for many Minnesotans to realize that in many cases the monthly premiums for MinnesotaCare, the state’s health care program for low-income Minnesotans, will be less than the tax penalty imposed on people who do not have health insurance.
  • New members named to key advisory council on equity
    April 08, 2015 - DHS recently appointed seven new members to a council charged with reducing disparities within programs serving human services clients.
  • Study looks at issues surrounding health of poor children
    April 07, 2015 - In Minnesota, the share of children living in poverty increased by more than 50 percent over the past decade.
  • Minnesota’s early care and learning quality rating system gaining foothold
    April 07, 2015 - A recent study from the Minnesota Department of Human Services shows that Parent Aware, Minnesota’s voluntary quality rating and improvement system, is gaining ground across the state, but there is still work to do to recruit more programs.
  • Commissioner Jesson visits Worthington to highlight vital mental health investment
    April 03, 2015 - A proposal in Gov. Mark Dayton’s budget aims to help providers of intensive mental health services stay in business.
  • Initiative helps 2,000 nursing home residents go home
    April 02, 2015 - An initiative started in 2010 to help Minnesotans in nursing homes return home if they wish has just hit the milestone of helping to move 2,000 people.
  • Minnesota receives federal approval for new autism benefit
    April 01, 2015 - Minnesota will soon provide early intensive intervention for children and young adults with autism spectrum disorder.
  • Final report advocates significant child protection changes
    April 01, 2015 - The Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children released its final recommendations making key reforms to Minnesota’s child protection system.
  • Gains in diabetes, vascular care narrow the disparity gap
    March 26, 2015 - While most outcomes for Minnesota Health Care Program clients continue to lag behind those for people with other insurance, data from the eighth annual Health Care Disparities Report released today shows that the gaps are narrowing.
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