Application

There are two main ways to apply for health coverage:

  • Online using MNsure, a one-stop shop where you can learn about your public and private coverage options.
  • Filling out a paper application and faxing it in to 1-651-431-7750 or mailing it to the address listed on the form.

No matter how you apply, it is important to know that if you are not eligible for MinnesotaCare, you may be able to get Medical Assistance (MA) or private insurance subsidized by the government.

How Your Application Is Reviewed for Eligibility

  1. First, your application will be reviewed to see if you qualify for income-based MA.
    1. If you do qualify, MNsure will let you know and you can sign up.
    2. If you do not qualify, your application will be reviewed to see if you might qualify for disability-based MA. If so, you will be contacted for additional information to complete your application. To learn more about this process, see DB101’s disability-based MA article.
  2. If there is no way you can qualify for MA, your application will be reviewed to see if you qualify for MinnesotaCare.
    1. If you do qualify, MNsure will let you know and you can sign up.
    2. If you do not qualify, MNsure will display private insurance plans that the government may help pay for through tax subsidies, depending on your situation. For more information about these, see DB101’s article about Buying Health Coverage on MNsure.

Staying on MinnesotaCare

Usually, once you are approved for MinnesotaCare, you will continue to get it for 12 months. If your income, immigration status, residency, or household size changes, update your information on MNsure or let your county human services agency know. When you report your changes, the eligibility system will tell you whether you will continue getting MinnesotaCare or if you have new health coverage options. There should always be at least one health coverage option for your family.

If you need help

If you need help applying for health coverage, try the following options: