Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC) for People with Disabilities
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:
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.
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:
Primary care network listing (PCNL)
PCNLs 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:
Learn more about the quality of SNBC programs through the following information:
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