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News and updates on the DHS efforts to assist low-income Minnesotans stay healthy and living productively.

Annual health plan selection now open

 If you are a Minnesota Health Care Programs member who gets health care through a health plan, you have the chance to choose a new health plan for the next year if more than one is available in your area. The annual health-plan selection is Sept. 1 through Dec. 11. See the annual health-plan selection page for more information.

Fraud threat: SNAP hotline intercepted

Members of the public are reporting that they continue to receive unsolicited calls from that appears to be the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) toll-free information hotline number: 800-221-5689. The callers are requesting personal information offering assistance for filling out a SNAP application or other non-SNAP services such as home security systems. Never provide personal information or your credit card number over the phone to unsolicited callers. This outside entity that has spoofed the SNAP toll-free information hotline number is not affiliated with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service or SNAP. If you suspect that you are receiving illegitimate calls, you may file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. If you have already fallen victim to this or a similar scam, visit the FTC consumer webpage for more into formation on identity theft.

Tougher law, new resources add to fight against synthetic drugs

As a tougher state law against synthetic drugs goes into effect, Minnesotans also have a new website to get factual information about the dangers and risks posed by the deadly substances. was created by DHS in partnership with state agencies participating in the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy. At a news conference in Duluth Wednesday, Aug. 6, Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson announced the launch of the new website, which is designed to provide resources and information for parents, youth, educators, health care professionals and others who may encounter synthetic drugs. Website visitors can learn what types of substances, packaging and paraphernalia to look for, as well as what effects these drugs may have and how to reach out for help. More information is in a news release about the new law and website.

ApplyMN online application simplifies process

Minnesotans in need of health care, nutrition assistance, child care assistance and emergency assistance can apply online through ApplyMN, . This site allows Minnesotans to fill out a single application online for a majority of public assistance programs.

Self-sufficiency and health care statistics report is online

Family Self Sufficiency and Health Care Program Statistics (PDF) report is available online. The report, compiled by the Reports and Forecasts Division, includes caseload numbers and expenditures for cash, emergency and food assistance programs and health care programs.

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