Open enrollment

Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare enrollees do not need to take action to renew coverage during MNsure open enrollment unless contacted by DHS with specific instructions. Questions? Call the Member Help Desk at 651-431-2670 or 1-800-657-3739. Information for applicants for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare and FAQs about applying through MNsure are online.

Celebrate Adoption in November

The Minnesota Department of Human Services and partners launched Adoption Awareness Month with the 17th annual Celebrate Adoption event in early November to honor the adoption of 539 children from the foster care system last year. Currently, 513 children in the foster care system are still waiting for families.

Ebola information

Information about Ebola is available from the Minnesota Department of Health online at www.health.state.mn.us/ebola, or by calling the Ebola Information Line, 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

DHS Dashboard displays results

The DHS Dashboard website, which displays department priorities and progress toward its goals, has been updated with 18 new measures for 2014. Among highlights is the department’s work to improve access to affordable health care: the number of Minnesotans without insurance dropped by more than 180,000 since fall 2013.

Safe Place for Newborns

No shame. No blame. No names. The Safe Place for Newborns law allows a mother or someone acting with her permission to safely surrender an unharmed infant born in the past seven days to a designated safe place. More information is in a flier that can be printed and shared, and a news release.

Parent Aware for high quality care

Parent Aware is a free service for Minnesota parents searching for high quality child care providers and early learning programs. Find rated programs that help prepare children for kindergarten on the Parent Aware website.

Latest News

Applications sought for State Mental Health Advisory Councils

The State Advisory Council on Mental Health and Subcommittee on Children’s Mental Health are seeking individuals who are interested in making recommendations to the Governor and legislature on mental health policies, programs, and services.

$4 million public benefits fraud scheme uncovered

The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged Yasmin Abdulle Ali, Ahmed Aden Mohamed and Joshua John Miller with one count of racketeering, multiple counts of theft by swindle as well as a number of additional felony charges in connection with a complex scheme to defraud the public in excess of $4 million. The group ran several Twin Cities businesses from 2009 to 2013 that illegally received reimbursement for personal care assistants and child care assistance.

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