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Public Assistance Fraud Program producing staggering numbers


Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

In June of 2013, Social Service directors and the sheriffs from Goodhue, Winona, Fillmore, Houston and Wabasha got together to come up with a new plan for working welfare fraud cases in those counties. For the last 10 years, one civilian had been working the cases for those counties. Last year, it was decided by social services directors that it should be placed back in law enforcements hands where it once was years ago. There was just enough money to put together one position for all five counties.

It was decided on in June of 2013 that an investigator would be housed in Wabasha County. An experienced detective was assigned the task and started working with human services in each of the five counties. As of January 1st 2014, the Wabasha detective worked on over 200 cases which resulted in over $600,000 in savings that was stopped in giving out to people. Some of these included: people that were not reporting income, people living with someone that was not reported or not even living in the county in which they said they were.

Wabasha County Sheriff Rodney Bartsh commented, “We believe that we are just beginning to scratch the surface of what’s been going on. Our detective has a huge area to cover and is relying a lot on information that he receives from the public as well as from the financial workers in each of the counties that he is working. Law enforcement is excited to be a part of the system again. We remain compassionate to those who need some assistance. This program and our detective’s mission is to stop those abusing the system that you are funding!”

People wishing to report possible welfare fraud can contact Detective Mike Lavigne directly at 651-564-0122 or by email at mlavigne@co.wabasha.mn.us. You can also use the anonymous online tip at http://crimestoppersmn.org/.

Celebrate National Volunteer Month by donating blood and helping to save lives

Fri, Mar 21st, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Potentially lifesaving blood donations can only come from generous volunteers. This April, during National Volunteer Month, the American Red Cross invites eligible donors of all blood types to roll up a sleeve and help meet the constant need for don ..... 
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Celebrate Red Cross Month by getting involved

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — During Red Cross Month, the American Red Cross invites everyone to make a difference in their communities by giving blood, volunteering, taking a class or making a financial donation. Those supporters enable the Red Cross to cont ..... 
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MNsure tops 113,000 enrollees

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST.PAUL, Minn.—MNsure announced more than 113,000 Minnesotans have enrolled in comprehensive, affordable health insurance coverage through the state’s new health insurance marketplace. “More and more Minnesotans continue to secure health ins ..... 
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New MNsure ad highlights March 31 deadline to enroll

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL, Minn. — MNsure announced today an addition to their television campaign that highlights the March 31 deadline to enroll in a qualified health plan. More than 115,000 Minnesotans have enrolled through MNsure to find comprehensive, afforda ..... 
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Eastern two-thirds of Minnesota placed under air pollution health alert

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

St. Paul, Minn.-- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) has upgraded the severity and geographic range of the air pollution health advisory issued yesterday. The agency has now placed the eastern two-thirds of Minnesota under an air pollution ..... 
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Free women’s health seminar to be held at Mabel Community Center

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in Mabel Health & Wellness

As a woman, are you searching for more information about your unique health care needs? Are you interested in improving your quality of life in the new year? To learn more about specific women’s health issues and solutions, plan to attend the free ..... 
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Fillmore-Houston Community Health Service receives UCare Fund Grant

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

MINNEAPOLIS – UCare’s UCare Fund awarded a $25,000 grant in late 2013 to Fillmore-Houston Community Health Service in Caledonia, Minn. to support a program working to reduce obesity among youth in Fillmore and Houston counties. The Health Servic ..... 
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Care to help older Minnesotans?

Thu, Feb 13th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Share your expertise by assisting older Minnesotans make informed decisions about health insurance and community resource options. Volunteers are being sought to provide non-biased information and help in completing forms for health care, prescripti ..... 
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