Despite a decade of warnings that it was violating state and federal laws, the Minnesota Department of Human Services failed to properly check recipients enrolling in MinnesotaCare, a $526 million taxpayer-subsidized health insurance program, the legislative auditor said Tuesday.
Let’s hope the federal government now takes a serious look at the Department of Human Services, regarding not only the troubles at Spirit Lake but also all the deficiencies that take place with the Child Protection Services and foster care programs under the department’s control.
North Dakota's state Medicaid director has been appointed as the temporary director of the state Department of Human Services. Maggie Anderson will hold the job through the 2013 Legislature, which is expected to last through late April.
The state Department of Human Services has called for more training of home day-care providers and better compliance with safe-sleeping requirements, steps that it hopes will prevent child deaths at in-home day cares.
A federal judge has paved the way for a class-action settlement with the North Dakota Department of Human Services that would allow Medicaid recipients to receive partial reimbursement from the state for personal injury claims.
The Minnesota Department of Human Services outlined a plan Friday to maintain health insurance for more than 30,000 low-income adults whose coverage runs out March 1, by moving them from one state program into another. Commissioner Cal Ludeman said the agency will automatically transfer 28,000 people from the General Assistance Medical Care program into MinnesotaCare, a bigger subsidized plan for the working poor. Another 8,000 GAMC enrollees already are switching or dropping coverage.
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, November 07, 2009
Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty called for discipline for whoever authorized buying 26 TVs costing $1,500 each, plus $700 mounting brackets, for the Moose Lake sex offender facility. The Department of Human Services is investigating.
Six years and more than $30 million ago, the Minnesota Department of Human Services set out to improve its method for processing health insurance applications. The vision: caseworkers and customers tapping into an electronic system that could whiz through 1,000 applications a day, determining eligibility and matching a person with the right program in about 30 seconds. It was not meant to be.
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