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GAMC Deal


Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Thomas Boyd and Gail Bunge, Social Services, updated the board on planned changes to General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) and Income Maintenance Programs at the board's March 9 meeting. Chairman Duane Bakke was absent as he was attending a National Association of Counties convention in Washington D.C.

Boyd noted in Fillmore County GAMC serviced 102 cases and 110 people with $359,000 GAMC dollars last year. Governor Tim Pawlenty has twice vetoed legislative bills to continue GAMC. However, on Friday, March 5, a deal with the DFL legislators and Pawlenty was announced which would continue coverage for over 30,000 single adults covered by the program. Many recipients are homeless, veterans, mentally ill or drug or alcohol addicted adults from ages 21-64 who do not qualify for federally funded health care programs. Bunge called them a very vulnerable population.

The deal extends GAMC coverage to June 1. At that time Coordinating Care Organizations (CCO) will be formed in safety-net hospitals. The hospitals will receive a one time payment for the GAMC patients they treat. This puts pressure on the hospitals to keep their costs down while they are required to provide care. It will be a modified continuation of GAMC and may be called something else.

Pawlenty says it is health care reform and will provide cost savings. Pawlenty had earlier wanted GAMC patients to be transitioned to MinnesotaCare. This transition will not take place.

Boyd said hospitals and counties will have to come up with a case management piece to administer the program. Commissioner Chuck Amunrud asked about the specialization of employees. Bunge acknowledged specialization serves the client better, but there is not enough staff for specialization which will hinder customer service.

Bunge said the governor has proposed to eliminate the General Assistance grant by December 1, 2010. This program is for single adults and childless couples, which will affect 19,000 Minnesotans. Recipients in licensed residential facilities would continue to be eligible. Pawlenty proposed to replace the program with a short term assistance grant program for those adults with income levels below 200 percent of the federal poverty level that are in crisis situations with a restriction of a one time grant per twelve month period.

2010 Census

Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter reported on the progress of the nation's 2010 census. She noted it is the shortest censu .....
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Spring Valley prepares for summer activities

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

Summer must surely be near as the items on the city council agenda dealt with upcoming events that lend themselves to warm weather. Faith United Methodist Church in Spring Valley would like approval to organize outdoor concerts during the months of ..... 
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City of Rushford Village reviews FEMA projects

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

The February 22, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:08 p.m. Council members present: Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson (7:26 pm), Dale Schwanke. Absent: Dennis Overland. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Oti ..... 
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Rushford City Council hears from trails and tourism

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Government

An informative presentation on the newly formed Trails and Tourism entity was a key element to the Monday, March 8th meeting. Led by volunteers Susan Hart and Vern Bunke, the presentation highlighted both the five-part goal of the unified entity and ..... 
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Sheriff's department adds emergency management

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Board continued their redesign efforts at their March 2 meeting. The department head position, director of emergency management/veteran affairs, is no more. The board approved an agreement between the county and the Law Enforceme ..... 
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Snow removal hazards

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public to help reduce the hazards created by snow being plowed across or onto public roads and right-of-ways.

Fillmore County Sheriff Daryl Jensen said that because of the above average ..... 
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Whalan discusses Town Hall grant

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Whalan City Council was called to order by acting Mayor David Rahn on February 1, 2010. Those present were: Larry Johnson, David Rahn, Johnny Halverson, Everett Johnson, Margaret Chiglo and Lolly Melander. The minutes from ..... 
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Rushford Village explores sewer options used by Fountain

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The February 9, 2010, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Gordon Johnson at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Dale Schwanke. Absent: Dennis Overland. Also present: Zoning Administrator Howard Otis, Attorney ..... 
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Senator Ropes discusses LGA funds with Peterson City Council

Fri, Mar 5th, 2010
Posted in Government

The February monthly meeting of the Ostrander City Council was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Mayor Schwenn. Pam Kunert and Frances Ruehmann were absent.

Motion by Christenson, and seconded by Thompson and unanimously carried to accept the ..... 
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