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  • More than 1,000 join to solve Minnesota’s pain pill problem
    August 26, 2015 - On Tuesday, Aug. 25, more than 1,000 law enforcement, public health officials, health care professionals, attorneys, drug court representatives, medical students, state, tribal and local government staff, community leaders, recovering addicts and their families from across Minnesota met in Minneapolis to address the state's pain pill problem.
  • Board will mark Medicare 50th anniversary at State Fair
    August 26, 2015 - The Minnesota Board on Aging and its flagship service, the Senior LinkAge Line®: a One Stop Shop for Minnesota Seniors, will again be part of the Minnesota State Fair this year.
  • Important update on state email outage
    August 21, 2015 - On Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2015, the state of Minnesota experienced an email outage for incoming messages. If you emailed a state employee between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8:15 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2015, that message was not received. In order to ensure your message is received, we encourage you to re-send your message to its intended recipient. More information is available on the MN.IT Services website.
  • Pain. Pill. Problem. conference to tackle painkiller abuse
    August 20, 2015 - Hundreds of stakeholders from across the state will gather Tuesday, Aug. 25, to define Minnesota’s problem with prescription painkillers and determine how to best address it.
  • 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.
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