Minnesota Family Investment Program
Over the past three or four years, the medical community has reached a consensus about the best method for teenage girls to avoid unplanned pregnancies. Long-acting birth control devices — IUDs and under-the-skin implants — function for years without requiring any effort by women. Their effectivity rate, more than 99 percent, is surpassed only by sterility and celibacy. Teens who’ve used the devices prefer them to other contraceptives. And while the price of a single device is upward of $800, their long-term cost is among the lowest of any birth control method.
Minnesota’s cash grant for low-income families could increase for the first time in nearly 30 years. A family of three receives about $532 per month. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and some lawmakers in both parties want to increase the grants by $100 to help the nearly 33,000 families in the program deal with rising housing and transportation costs.
Advocates say a grant for low-income Minnesota families should be raised for the first time in nearly three decades.
A woman is accused of fraudulently obtaining welfare benefits from Minnesota while living in Wisconsin.