12 New Jobs Coming To Saint Louis County

Posted at: 06/11/2013 3:27 PM | Updated at: 06/11/2013 10:06 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

New employees will be coming to the Public Health and Human Services Department in Saint Louis County after a vote Tuesday.

The Saint Louis County Board approved 12 additional jobs to compliment the expansion of Medical Assistance in Minnesota. It's all part of the Affordable Care Act and almost 10,000 people are projected to qualify for the health coverage in Saint Louis County. The Department of Human Services said more employees will be needed to handle the extra load.

Human Services initially projected Saint Louis County would need 30 to 40 new employees, but that number was adjusted after further research.

Board members mulled over the decision for over an hour Tuesday, but eventually approved the expansion with a 4 to 2 vote.

"I'm saying we need to return local government away from Washington," Commissioner Chris Dahlberg, who opposed the change, said. "They've concentrated all the power there. I want to get to what I call it sometimes, front porch government"

"It's the law, we have to do it," Commissioner Frank Jewell, who voted for the change, said. "It's something I personally think has been long overdue that we provide healthcare to everyone."

The new jobs will cost the county $387,865 for 2013.

Health and Human Services will continue to monitor the potential need for more additions or reductions.

The 12 additional jobs are authorized until the end of 2014.

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