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 health 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 coverage. 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 web page 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
  • Advisory committee

    An advisory committee on Managed Care for Seniors and People with Disabilities meets at various times during the year. SNBC provides online information about stakeholder involvement and public meetings.

    What’s new?

    SNBC Dental Access Improvement Project

    The DHS Special Needs Purchasing unit is working with the SNBC health plans and the DHS Direct Care and Treatment community dental clinics (DCT-DC) to improve access to dental services for SNBC members. The focus of the project is on a series of dental interventions aimed at improving access to dental services for SNBC members. More information about this project can be found on the SNBC Dental Access Improvement Project web page.

    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)

    PCNLs provide a listing of all primary care providers within each health plan’s network:

  • HealthPartners (DHS-6594W) (PDF)
  • Medica (DHS-6594R) (PDF)
  • Metropolitan Health Plan (DHS-6594Q) (PDF)
  • Prime Health Complete – PrimeWest Health (DHS-6594P-ENG) (PDF)
  • South Country Health Alliance (DHS-6594L) (PDF)
  • UCare Connect (DHS-6594O-ENG) (PDF)
  • 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:

  • Managed Care Reporting/Self-reported MCO quality improvement initiatives
  • 2014 Managed Care Public Programs: Consumer Satisfaction Survey Results (DHS-5541F-ENG) (PDF)
  • Part C and D Medicare Star Ratings Data
  • Related information

  • 2016 Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC) Request for Proposal (RFP) (PDF)
  • • Details about the initial 2012 SNBC program expansion
  • Disability Hub MN
  • Minnesota’s Demonstration to Integrate Care for Dual Eligibles
  • Minnesota Senior Health Options Managed Care Program for Seniors
  • MN Disability Benefits 101 website
  • NAMI website (National Alliance on Mental Illness – Minnesota)
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