Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)

The Basics

Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) is a program that gives an additional cash benefit to adults who are aged, blind, or disabled and are either getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or would be eligible for SSI except that they have too much income or assets. MSA gives a monthly benefit on top of (or as a supplement to) SSI. Most people who get SSI also get a monthly MSA benefit. If you do not get SSI, then your income and assets must be within certain guidelines in order to qualify for MSA.

The amount of your MSA monthly benefit depends on your living situation and expenses. For example, you may qualify for extra assistance if you have a special diet, prescribed by a doctor. A person living alone and getting SSI will usually qualify for a MSA benefit of $81. Some people will get more MSA each month, depending on their individual circumstances and expenses. If you qualify for MSA, you could also qualify for Medical Assistance (MA) and for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

To find out if you qualify for MSA, apply at your local county or tribal human services office.

Learn how Minnesota benefits can help you get ahead when you work by watching the short video below.


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