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  • ‘Have the conversation’ about problem gambling this month
    March 12, 2015 - The Minnesota Department of Human Services is encouraging Minnesotans to “have the conversation” during Problem Gambling Awareness Month as part of nationwide efforts to spread the word that there is help and hope for recovery.
  • Commissioner Jesson, Sen. Rosen promote increased access to dental care
    February 24, 2015 - DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson and Sen. Julie Rosen visited the office of dentist Dr. Thomas Larson, DDS, in Fairmont to discuss the importance of access to dental for Minnesota children and families, especially in greater Minnesota.
  • Commissioner highlights child care proposals in Rochester
    February 10, 2015 - Minnesota Department of Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson visited Super School-Age Care in Rochester today to highlight budget proposals from Gov. Mark Dayton that would increase access to quality child care.
  • State looks for new ways to prevent home care fraud
    February 09, 2015 - The Department of Human Services is reaching out to learn more about private services and products that monitor personal care assistants and that help prevent fraud.
  • DHS partners with U.S. attorney on child care fraud case
    February 06, 2015 - U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced the guilty plea of Khadra Abdisafad Hirsi, 47, 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.
  • Nursing homes receive funding to improve quality
    February 04, 2015 - Nursing homes throughout Minnesota will gain a total of about $17 million more over the next one to three years through a Minnesota Department of Human Services program that rewards a variety of quality improvement efforts.
  • Innovative Medicaid reform initiative broadens reach across Minnesota, with more than 176,000 Medical Assistance enrollees
    February 03, 2015 - Minnesota’s groundbreaking approach to delivering quality health care more efficiently for low-income people has grown to encompass 15 provider groups across the state and more than 176,000 enrollees in Medical Assistance, the state’s Medicaid program.
  • 2015 legislative session fact sheets now online
    January 29, 2015 - Fact sheets that summarize budget proposals for the 2015 legislative session have been added to the DHS website on the fact sheets page. More information is also posted on the Minnesota Management & Budget website.
  • Child protection task force to meet Friday in Little Falls
    January 29, 2015 - The Governor’s Task Force on the Protection of Children is asking for public testimony about Minnesota’s child protection system at its next meeting Friday, Jan. 30, in Little Falls.
  • SNAP benefits go beyond filling the refrigerator
    January 23, 2015 - The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program does more than put food on the table for 500,000 Minnesotans with low incomes.
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