Effort To Shift Health Care For Low-Income Residents UnderwayState officials are in the middle of a massive effort to shift hundreds of thousands of low-income residents to new health care plans. It's a byproduct of a statewide bid for the companies that cover enrollees on MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance.
Panel Grants Sex Offender Conditional Release From LockupA judicial panel has granted a 47-year-old man conditional release from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, despite objections from medical experts and program officials.
St. Cloud Protesters Say Speaker Made Negative Comments About Somali RefugeesAccusations of racism are dividing one Minnesota community. A group protested in St. Cloud Saturday after a speaker allegedly talked about the effects of Somali immigrants moving to the city.
St. Peter Hospital Worker Hurt After Attack By PatientA female staff member at the state hospital in St. Peter is being treated for injuries after being assaulted by a 16-year-old patient. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is investigating the incident at the Minnesota Security Hospital.
Reality Check: Minnesota's Sex Offender Treatment ProgramMinnesota's sex offender treatment program is getting sharp scrutiny after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. It turns out that Minnesota locks up more dangerous sex offenders than almost anywhere else.
Blue Cross Blue Shield Nurse Accused Of Illegally Accessing Patient RecordsA nurse with a history of narcotics theft illegally accessed a state database that contains prescription drug records for 1 million Minnesotans, all under the supervision of government entities that cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars annually.
Baby Safe Homes: Minn. Couple Helps Baby Proof Young Family HomesAccording to research by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, over a 10-year period there were 83 deaths at day care facilities across the state. <a href="https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-4189F-ENG" target="_blank">Five percent of those were from choking</a>. So, it is important to ensure that all homes containing young children are as safe as possible.
More Minnesotans Using State Assistance At Markets The Minnesota Department of Human Services says more Minnesota residents are taking advantage of a state assistance program to purchase produce at farmers markets.
8,000 Get Bum Notices Of Health Care Cancellations More than 8,000 low-income Minnesotans received erroneous notices that their health coverage would be temporarily canceled if they don't pay up. A July 17 notice warned MinnesotaCare subscribers that they faced a four-month coverage lockout if they failed to renew their policy through the state's new health insurance exchange by month's end.
Good Question: How Common Is Welfare Fraud? A Deephaven couple was in a Florida jail Wednesday night awaiting extradition back to Minnesota. Colin and Andrea Chisholm are accused of bilking the state out of $167,000, starting back in 2005. Prosecutors say they lived in a $1 million home and, at one point, owned $1 million yacht while they were receiving cash assistance, food support and medical assistance.
Minn. DHS Sets Aside $1.8M For Sex Offender Review The Minnesota Department of Human Services has budgeted $1.8 million for the possible costs of a court-ordered evaluation of the state sex-offender program.
Child Care Infant Deaths Decline In MinnesotaState officials say infant deaths in child care settings dropped significantly in 2013. The Minnesota Department of Human Services says three babies died in licensed day care last year, the lowest number in 11 years.