Is it Right for You?

Starting in 2014, almost everyone should be able to get health coverage. In fact, if you don’t have a plan, you may have to pay a tax penalty. The question becomes, which plan is right for you and your family?

This page looks at whether you might qualify for MinnesotaCare. If you do, it is probably your best choice. You can see if you qualify for MinnesotaCare at MNsure.

If you don’t qualify for MinnesotaCare, consider other options, including Medical Assistance (MA) and private health insurance from your employer or through MNsure.

Different rules for people with disabilities

If you have been determined disabled by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the State Medical Review Team (SMRT), you might qualify for MA instead of MinnesotaCare. Read DB101’s MA for People with Disabilities article and Talk to an ExpertPopup Link or visit your local county human services agency.

MinnesotaCare Basic Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for MinnesotaCare, you usually must meet several basic requirements:

Not Be Able to Get Medicare, MA, or Employer-Sponsored Coverage

MinnesotaCare is meant for people who do not have other affordable coverage options. That means that if you could get Medicare, Medical Assistance (MA), or affordable employer-sponsored coverage, you cannot get MinnesotaCare. This is especially important for people with disabilities, because people with disabilities are more likely to qualify for MA. If you have a disability, read DB101’s MA article for people with disabilities.

If you do not have one of these other options, keep reading this article.

Citizenship or Legal Immigration Status

You must be a U.S. citizen or have a legal immigration status to get MinnesotaCare.

Note: Some immigrants who do not qualify for MA may qualify to get MinnesotaCare instead.

Example

Beatriz is married and she and her husband John have a combined income of $20,000 per year. Their income is less than 138% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG), so John can go to MNsure and sign up for MA coverage. Beatriz can’t because she has been a legal resident in the United States for just 2 years. Instead, she signs up for MinnesotaCare and pays a monthly premium of $20.

If you are a citizen or have a legal immigration status, continue reading this article.

Income

MinnesotaCare is for families with income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG) ($22,980 per year for an individual in 2014; $47,100 for a family of 4), but above 138% of FPG ($15,856.20 for an individual in 2014; $32,499 for a family of 4).

Note: If you are a legal immigrant who cannot get Medical Assistance (MA) because of your immigration status, you may be eligible for MinnesotaCare even if your income is below 138% of FPG.

There are no limits to how much money or other assets you can have for this type of MA.

If you cannot get MinnesotaCare because your income is too high, consider buying an individual plan through MNsure. See DB101’s Buying Health Coverage on MNsure article.

How Does Your Income Compare to FPG?

The bottom line: If you meet the main requirements described here, MinnesotaCare is a great program that you should sign up for. We explain how to sign up later in this article.

MinnesotaCare and individual plans on MNsure

If you can get MinnesotaCare, then you cannot get government help paying for a private insurance plan through tax credits. That means the private insurance plan could be more expensive for you. If you qualify for MinnesotaCare, it will always be a better option for you than paying for an individual plan.