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Affordable Care Act supports Minnesota in strenghtening community living


Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

States will see significant new federal support in their efforts to help move Medicaid beneficiaries out of institutions and into their own homes or other community settings now and in the near future, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced last Wednesday.

The Affordable Care Act provides additional funding for two programs supporting that goal, the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program and the Community First Choice Option program. Today, Secretary Sebelius announced thirteen states would together receive more than $45 million in MFP grants to start that program in their states, with a total of $621 million committed through 2016. Minnesota will receive funds totaling $187,412,620 through 2016 for this program.

In addition, HHS has proposed rules to allow all states to access a potential of $3.7 billion in increased federal funding to provide long-term services and supports through the Community First Choice Option program.

"Our country recognized in the Americans with Disabilities Act that everyone who can live at home or community-based setting should be allowed to do so," Secretary Sebelius said. "The Affordable Care Act provides states critical new dollars toward achieving that goal."

Thirteen states Receive Money Follows the Person Program Grants

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program, which was set to expire in fiscal year 2011, is extended through the Affordable Care Act for an additional five years. Minnesota is one of 13 states receiving awards today (see list and award amounts below), joining the 29 states and the District of Columbia already operating MFP programs. Together, these states will receive more than $45 million in the first year of the program, and more than $621 million through 2016.

The MFP program provides individuals living in a nursing home or other institution new opportunities to live in the community with the services and supports they need. Groups benefiting from these home-and-community based programs include the elderly, persons with intellectual, developmental and/or physical disabilities, mental illness or those diagnosed with several conditions. To date, these programs have helped 12,000 individuals move out of institutions and back into their communities. Today's grants are expected to help an additional 13,000 people.

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Wykoff January City Council minutes

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Government



Before the council meeting, Rocky Vreeman and Mike Holzer took the oath of office.

The Wykoff City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building with the following members p ..... 
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City of Rushford Village meeting minutes

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

The February 1, 2011, regular meeting was called to order by Mayor Dale Schwanke at 7:00 p.m. Council members present: Dennis Overland, Roger Ekern, Hamilton Petersen, Gordon Johnson. Also present: Zoning Ad ..... 
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Emergency food and shelter program

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Government

The local Emergency Food and Shelter Program boards in Dodge, Freeborn, Fillmore, Houston, Mower and Steele counties will have 2011 allocations meetings during March and April. Funds for 2011 are not guaranteed, but the National EFSP Board is encour ..... 
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Chatfield to draft ordinance for B-3 district

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

A resolution was adopted to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance for a Light Commercial Zoning District (B-3) at the Chatfield City Council's February 14 meeting. A public hearing was held prior to the resolution's adoption; no one comment ..... 
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Rushford seeks Alternate Use Project with FEMA funding

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

It may have been Valentine's Day, but the masses turned out for the Monday, February 14th Rushford council meeting. At least two agenda items garnered a great deal of attention and packed city hall.

The first item of interest was a request f ..... 
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Victim Services Sexual Assault Program to hold volunteer training

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

Sexual assault can happen to anyone. And when it does, knowing there is someone to turn to can make all the difference in the world for victims and their families. The Sexual Assault Program of Victim Services trains volunteers to offer such support ..... 
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Spring Valley discusses Wetland Mitigation Area

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

There was an extremely light agenda for the Spring Valley City Council meeting on Monday night. Minutes were approved from the previous meeting of January 24th and the February preliminary accounts payable was approved after review.

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County zoning ordinance revision

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Government

The Fillmore County Planning Commission at their February 17 meeting recommended a language change in Section 606.01 which would remove Wykoff from the jurisdiction of the county ordinances pertaining to residential development.

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