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Revised state GAMC reviewed


Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

Community Services Director Tom Boyd and Gail Bunge detailed reforms resulting from recent legislation and the Omnibus Budget Bill affecting General Assistance Medical Care (GAMC) and Income Maintenance programs at the county board's June 1 meeting. This day was the first day the new reforms were to go into effect. There are about 114 low income adults in Fillmore County that will be affected by the reforms. They are very low income (less than $677 per month) adults between 21 and 65 years of age without children and who are not disabled.

County dollars are not directly involved, but county staff educates clients. Also, various issues that result from clients that fail to stay on their medication do involve the county. Commissioner Randy Dahl remarked that the the programs are becoming more convoluted rather than simpler.

Affected and eligible adults choose between a new hospital-based coordinated care delivery system (CCDS) or going to hospitals unannounced. Only four hospitals in Minnesota have signed a contract for CCDS and they are all located in the metro area. The problem is how individuals will get transportation to these twin city locations. Bunge said if affected adults don't enroll in CCDS, they will only get inpatient or outpatient services. Eventually, they could enroll in Minnesota Care where they could go to a local health provider.

Bunge said it was her understanding that affected adults who go to their local clinic as they have in the past, and are not enrolled in CCDS or Minnesota Care, will be responsible for the cost of the visit. Boyd says it usually takes several weeks to determine if an individual is eligible for Minnesota Care and there would not be coverage during this interim period.

Minnesota Care requires a minimum premium of $4 per month. The premium is based on the individual's income. Low income adults without children that are certified disabled are eligible for federally-funded medical assistance.

Boyd explained Semcac's Volunteer Driver Program is affected. The county, on a temporary basis, has been paying for the unloaded miles of volunteer drivers. Boyd said a financial worker is supposed to approve the need for a trip.

Fillmore and Olmsted Counties participate in a program where they get grant funds for a half-time psychiatrist provided by Zumbro Valley Mental Health Center to provide more intensive services for the severely and persistently mentally ill.

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Rushford Village regular council meeting

Fri, Jun 4th, 2010
Posted in Government

At 6:36 p.m. on May 18, 2010, continuation of the special meeting was called to order by Acting Mayor Dale Schwanke, as he had presided on May 11, 2010. Members present: Mayor Gordon Johnson, Roger Ekern, Elizabeth Atkinson, Absent: Dennis Overland. ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward on smoking regulations

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council directed the City Attorney Fred Suhler to draft an ordinance to regulate smoking in specific outside areas at their May 24 meeting. The issue has been discussed in past council meetings and at the Park and Recreation Commi ..... 
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Chatfield moves forward on smoking regulations

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Chatfield City Council directed the City Attorney Fred Suhler to draft an ordinance to regulate smoking in specific outside areas at their May 24 meeting. The issue has been discussed in past council meetings and at the Park and Recreation Commi ..... 
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Fountain Fire Department presents quotes for equipment

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Fountain City Council was called to order by Mayor Richard Kujath on May 5, 2010. Council persons present were: Dave Gudmundson, Jim Schott, Bryan Ostby, and Chad Wangen. Stan Speer, clerk; Sharon Speer, assistant clerk; H ..... 
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Peterson reports on Housing Grant to begin mid-June

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular meeting of the Peterson City Council met on May 4, 2010, with the following present: Jan Smaby, Chuck Eidenschink, Bill Grindland, Randy Benson, Tim Hallum, Lolly Melander and Rick Lee. There were eighteen guests present at this meeting. ..... 
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Canton contends with roaming cats

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The regular May meeting of the Canton City Council was called to order by Mayor Donivee Johnson. Those present were: Carl Ernst, Hank Selden, Cindy Shanks, Lolly Melander, and Jon Nordsving. Ross Duckett was absent. Guests at this meeting were Barb ..... 
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Community Center performance bond an issue at Rushford audit

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council received its annual audit report from Tom Wente of Smith Schafer & Associates, Ltd. at the Monday, May 24th, meeting. While Wente indicated the city is in "pretty solid shape," he found two issues that needed attention.
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Progress toward zero deaths

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Government

Southeast Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program co-chair, Captain Randy Slinger, and TZD Coordinator, Kristine Hernandez, presented an overview of the program efforts, progress, and goals to the Fillmore County Board on May 25. On May 20 there ..... 
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