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Health care changes mean nine new jobs
Washington County will add nine new jobs, at a cost of $495,000 in salary and benefits, to meet the increased workload anticipated with the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the state health care exchange known as MNsure. The County Board approved the new positions at its meeting April 23.
The expansion to the Medicaid caseload will begin Jan. 1, 2014, with open enrollment beginning Oct. 1. The county will add four special-project eligibility specialists, three eligibility specialists, one office support position and one economic support supervisor.
Federal funds will pay $247,500 of the annual cost of the new positions and for the remainder, money will come from county funds available to support special projects and the budgeted levy.
Once most Minnesotans are required to have health care coverage, Washington County’s Medical Assistance caseload will grow by 2,636 cases in 2014, said Dan Papin, director of the Community Services division. Also, the county’s existing 9,500 Medical Assistance cases will need to be converted using new eligibility rules and the MNsure management information system.
white bear lake
Human trafficking issue on agenda
A look at human trafficking in Minnesota, “Fighting the Invasion of Body Snatchers,” will be presented Monday, May 6, at White Bear Lake United Methodist Church, 1851 Birch St. Guest speaker will be Linda Miller, executive director of Civil Society. The program, sponsored by United Methodist Women, will be from 7-8 p.m. It is open to the public.
St. Croix River
Campers need to apply for permits from NPS
The annual permit required for camping on the Lower St. Croix River is now available, according to the National Park Service. The permit is required for anyone camping along the river between St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Taylors Falls in the north and the Soo Line High Bridge (river mile 29.5) to the south. Camping is limited to designated campsites. The free permit is available at the St. Croix River Visitor Center at 401 N. Hamilton St. in St. Croix Falls. The center can be reached at 715-483-2274. cq It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
The application for a permit is also available online at www.nps.gov/sacn.
Kevin Giles, Jim Anderson