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Associated Press, Published August 23 2012

ND human services agency gets temporary director

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's state Medicaid director has been appointed as the temporary director of the state Department of Human Services.

Maggie Anderson will hold the job through the 2013 Legislature, which is expected to last through late April.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple announced the appointment Thursday. Anderson will replace longtime director Carol Olson, who retired last week.

Anderson is in charge of North Dakota's Medicaid program, which is run through the state human services department.

The program aids low-income North Dakota families and elderly people in nursing homes.

The human services department has about 2,100 employees and has a two-year budget of $2.6 billion.

It oversees a network of regional human service centers, the state mental hospital in Jamestown and a state home for developmentally disabled people in Grafton.

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