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County supports UCare appeal


Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in All Government

Social services manager Neva Beier, during the county board’s August 25 meeting, stated that the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) decision not to contract with UCare will affect 2,380 people in Fillmore County.

The DHS decision made earlier this summer, if it stands, will force a change in coverage for Minnesota Care and Medical Assistance customers. UCare appealed the decision with DHS.

On August 19, UCare filed a lawsuit to get an injunction to delay enrollment that is scheduled to begin in September. The company claims it was cut out of the bidding process and wants to negotiate a new contract with the state.

Many counties wants to continue with UCare and are supporting the appeal. The Association of Minnesota Counties also supports the appeal.

Commissioner Randy Dahl noted that the state defends their decision, claiming it will cut costs. He said UCare has been innovative, doing things that will get better outcomes and reduce costs in the long run. He said he is very supportive of the resolution supporting the appeal.

Community Services Director Beth Wilms said DHS made this decision unilaterally. UCare is the primary provider for many counties and many recommend continuing with UCare. She maintained that it will be very labor intensive for counties to switch everyone to a different Managed Care Organization.

The board unanimously adopted a resolution in support of the UCare appeal, maintaining that Blue Plus, Medica, and UCare have submitted proposals suitable to meet their needs.

Fillmore County, along with other counties, is requesting that DHS reconsider their decision to eliminate UCare, which limits choices of Managed Care Organizations to only Blue Plus and Medica.

2016 budget

Several department heads presented their budget requests for 2016. Attorney Brett Corson said his budget was basically constant. Increases are due mostly to salary increases.

Sheriff Tom Kaase went into detail with several budgets in his department including Emergency Management. He said he made some changes breaking things down more to get a better picture. Four vehicles are scheduled to be replaced in 2016. He budgeted for one additional employee, a court house security person, maintaining there has been a need for this position. Kaase said he was looking for different ways to offset the cost. The department recently re .....
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Chatfield restructures pay grid

Mon, Aug 31st, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Government

City Clerk Joel Young explained at the city council’s August 24 meeting that Chatfield’s pay grid is low compared to other cities of the same size. During the 2013 Law Enforcement Labor Services union negotiations, the city agreed to do a pay st ..... 
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Rushford eyes school site plan, street improvements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 28th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Government

Rushford’s City Council has gotten its first glimpse of the proposed Site Plan for the new school. The plan has seen considerable review and comment from discussions between the Planning and Zoning Commission, school administration, architectural ..... 
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Merle A. Evenson

Thu, Aug 27th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Merle A. Evenson, 77, died on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at his farm in rural Rushford, Minn. Merle was born on May 20, 1938, in Rushford, Minn. to Sibert and Selma (Neu) Evenson. He was raised in rural Rushford. Merle was baptized and confirm ..... 
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Jon W. Laging

Tue, Aug 25th, 2015
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Jon W. Laging, 78, Preston, Minn., passed away Sunday morning, August 23, 2015, at his residence in Preston. Jon was born January 24, 1937, in Mountain Lake, Minn., the son of Werner and Marjorie (Rhoten) Laging. He was a 1955 graduate of Moun ..... 
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Arlyn D. Mensink

Tue, Aug 25th, 2015
Posted in All Obituaries

Arlyn D. Mensink 87, of Pine Island, formerly of Goodhue, MN, died Friday, August 21, 2015 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, MN. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 25, 2015, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Goodhue, MN w ..... 
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Esther E. Hanlon

Tue, Aug 25th, 2015
Posted in Harmony Obituaries

Esther E. Hanlon, age 84, of Harmony, Minnesota passed away on August 21, 2015 at the Gunderson Harmony Care Center after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Memorial Services will be 11:00 am Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Greenfield Lutheran C ..... 
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Edna Beulah (Shaw) Winslow

Tue, Aug 25th, 2015
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Edna Beulah (Shaw) Winslow, 96, passed away peacefully at home on August 22, 2015, joining her Savior in Heaven. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 27 at 2:00 PM at the Fillmore Free Methodist Church with Pastor Mike Hopper officiat ..... 
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State Of Minnesota County Of Fillmore Third Judicial District District Court Probate Division Court File No. 23-Pr-15-556

Mon, Aug 24th, 2015
Posted in All Legals

estate of Joan J. Smith, Decedent. Notice of informal probate of will and appointment of personal representative and notice to creditors Notice is given that an application for informal probate of the Decendent’s Will, dated November 18, 20010 ..... 
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