Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC) for People with Disabilities

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Program overview

Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC) is a voluntary managed care program for people with disabilities ages 18 through 64 who have Medical Assistance (MA). Enrollees may have a care coordinator or navigator to help them get health care and support services. Some SNBC health plans coordinate with other payers, including Medicare Parts A, B and D for enrollees who have that coverage. Some plans are contracted with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to integrate Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance) benefit sets.

People with disabilities who meet the age criteria and have MA fee-for-service (FFS) coverage receive a letter (DHS-6451A) (PDF) from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) asking them to enroll in an SNBC health plan. Some people may not get a letter because they are excluded from enrolling in a health plan and will continue to get their coverage through FFS.

Anyone can choose to not enroll and to stay in fee-for-service. If DHS does not receive the SNBC Choice Form (DHS-6451) (PDF) by the deadline, the person will automatically be enrolled in SNBC. People can choose to change their health plan (if more than one health plan is available in their county) or disenroll for the next available month. The health plans that are under contract with DHS administer SNBC. It is available in all 87 counties (DHS-5218) (PDF).

Program information for members and potential members

A separate SNBC webpage for potential members provides the following information:

  • • Basic eligibility criteria
  • • Brochure and enrollment guide
  • Covered services and provider networks
  • • Option to integrate Medicare coverage
  • • Ways to disenroll
  • SNBC procurement information

    DHS issued a procurement on February 8, 2016, for the Special Needs BasicCare program (SNBC). Learn more about this procurement in the February 2016 Procurement Update (PDF).

    Information for providers, county staff and other partners

    SNBC health plan choices

    Different health plans are available in different counties. To see which are available, check the map of SNBC health plans by county in black and white (DHS-5218A) (PDF) or color (DHS-5218) (PDF). The following information may be helpful for choosing a plan:

  • • This side-by-side comparison of key 2016 SNBC plan features (DHS-5567A) (PDF) is used by the Disability Linkage Line and advocacy organizations to help people understand the choices available under SNBC.
  • • In 2014, SNBC health plans conducted a survey on accessibility of mental health case management providers. Survey results are available on the plans’ websites: Medica survey results (PDF), Metropolitan Health Plan results (XLS), South Country Health Alliance results (PDF), UCare results (PDF) and PrimeWest Health.
  • Primary care network listing (PCNL)

    PCNL’s provide a listing of all Primary Care providers within each health plan’s network:

    SNBC policies and procedures

    SNBC policies and procedures for providers, county staff and health plan staff are available online. This webpage includes:

  • • Detailed enrollment criteria and excluded populations
  • • Information on enrollment of people under state guardianship
  • • Health plan authorization processes
  • Learn more about the quality of SNBC programs through the following information

    Advisory committee

    An advisory committee on Managed Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities meets at various times during the year. For information about this committee, sign up to receive future meeting notices and visit the meeting information webpage to review materials presented at past meetings.

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