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  • Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force meets Aug. 26
    August 07, 2015 - The Minnesota Health Care Financing Task Force will meet noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26, at the Minnesota State Office Building in St. Paul. The task force was created to advise the Governor and Legislature on strategies to increase access and improve the quality of health care for Minnesotans.
  • Owner and director of Eden Prairie day care center sentenced for theft of public money
    August 06, 2015 - U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced the sentencing of Khadra Abdisafad Hirsi, 47, to one year and one day in federal prison for stealing money in the form of child care subsidies from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the state of Minnesota.
  • DHS launches child support work group, investments
    August 05, 2015 - Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has formed an expert work group to help ensure child support payments are fair and equitable for families.
  • 2015 farmers market season open for SNAP purchases
    August 03, 2015 - The 2015 Minnesota farmers market season is underway, helping Minnesotans with low-incomes access nutritious food. More than 486,500 Minnesotans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits can use their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards at 64 participating markets across the state this summer and fall.
  • DHS commissioner announces formation of Child Foster Care Work Group
    July 30, 2015 - Minnesota Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson has appointed a work group to review concerns about the child foster care system and provide recommendations on how to make improvements.
  • Minnesota celebrates 50th anniversary of Medicaid legislation
    July 29, 2015 - This week, Minnesota is celebrating 50 years since Medicaid was established, starting Minnesota on a path to providing quality coverage for low-income residents while leading the way for other states in innovation.
  • Mental health center adds primary care to become health care home
    July 29, 2015 - Minnesota has 382 medical clinics that are certified as health care homes, but Zumbro Valley Health Center is the state’s first community mental health center to become a health care home.
  • State Innovation Awards recognize two DHS programs
    July 29, 2015 - Two Minnesota Department of Human Services efforts to improve the satisfaction and health outcomes of people served are among 10 winners of this year’s Minnesota State Government Innovation Awards.
  • State health care contracting reforms save taxpayers $650 million
    July 28, 2015 - Gov. Mark Dayton and Department of Human Services (DHS) Commissioner Lucinda Jesson announced that Minnesota’s first statewide competitive bidding process for managed care contracts, and other contract adjustments, saved taxpayers nearly $650 million.
  • Lobby display highlights disability history
    July 27, 2015 - In observance of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act this summer, DHS is hosting a disability history exhibit in the lobby of the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building, 540 Cedar St., St. Paul, the week of July 27.
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