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Personal Care Assistance

Services outside Minnesota

Page posted: 11/04/13

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Legal Authority

Minn. Stat. §256B.03 subd. 4


Persons may use PCA services outside of Minnesota within the United States if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • • Direct their own care or live with the responsible party while outside the state
  • • Have a current authorized service agreement
  • • Maintain enrollment in Minnesota Medical Assistance including all residency requirements
  • • Receive an annual assessment in the consumer’s permanent MN residence
  • • Temporarily live outside of the state of Minnesota for educational or training purposes, employment or vacation
  • Persons may not use PCA services outside of the United States.

    PCA Provider Agency Responsibilities

    All providers must be enrolled with Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) before providing PCA services. This includes:

  • • Agencies currently enrolled
  • • PCA/home health providers in other states who wish to enroll
  • Providers must follow all MHCP enrollment requirements. This includes obtaining:

  • • Individual PCA identification numbers
  • • Background studies
  • The provider must agree to:

    1. Provide services outside of Minnesota
    2. Provide qualified professional services
    3. Assure all other program requirements are maintained

    Care plans must document:

  • • How the consumer’s needs will be met during the time out of state
  • • Emergency back up plans
  • Recipient Responsibilities

    The consumer must tell the provider they want to use PCA services outside the state before they leave the state.

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