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Eligibility workers recognized

September 16, 2002

Bismarck, N.D. - Governor John Hoeven has proclaimed September 15-21, 2002 as "Eligibility Workers Week" to recognize county social service employees for the work that they do linking low-income North Dakotans with needed programs and services.

According to the North Dakota Department of Human Services, there are over 300 eligibility workers in the state. They serve the public by helping individuals and families access needed services and by determining eligibility for public assistance programs. County eligibility workers have consistently held North Dakota's error rate to one of the lowest in the nation while providing excellent service.

Human services reports that between July 2000 and June 2001, over 97,000 individuals were determined eligible for economic assistance programs such as food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid, energy assistance, or child care assistance. This unduplicated figure represents 1 in every 6.6 North Dakota residents.


Heather Steffl, Public Information Officer, (701) 328-4933


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