Weather Forecast


Federal Affordable Care Act expansion impacts Douglas County Social Services

Email News Alerts

Douglas County Social Services is preparing for what could be an influx in medical assistance cases come January 2014. An estimated 1,500 people could be added to the department's case load since the federal Affordable Care Act passed the House and Senate quicker than anticipated.


Social Services Director Mike Woods said at Tuesday's Douglas County Board meeting some people on MinnesotaCare will be coming back to county-provided medical assistance.

Are you a newspaper subscriber but you don't have a Digital Access account yet?

You will need your subscription account number and phone number. Not sure if you have an account? Email us at and we can help you.

Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

(320) 763-1233