Health care > Who is eligible
Do I have to be on my own before I can apply for coverage?
No, you can apply if you live on your own or if you live with your parent(s). You do not need your parents’ permission to apply.
What is the income limit?
The income limit depends on your family size and the health care program you qualify for.
Does my parents’ income count?
We may count your parents’ income if they claim you as a tax dependent. This is true even if you do not live with them or are temporarily away at college.
Can I qualify if I have a house, car, bank accounts or other assets?
Yes. The value of items you own do not count when deciding if you qualify.
What does coverage cost?
There is no cost to you. People under 21 do not have copays or monthly premiums.
When can my coverage start?
• The first day of the month we get your application,
• Up to three months before the month we get your application, or
• The month after you are approved.
Your coverage may start:
Can I qualify if I have other health insurance?
You may still qualify. You must tell us if you have other health insurance or could get coverage through an employer or military service.
Sometimes we can pay the cost of the other insurance so you can keep that coverage.
What if I do not qualify and still need coverage?
You may qualify for coverage of family planning services only. You may also qualify for an Advanced Premium Tax Credit (APTC) to help pay for insurance through Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace, MNsure. An APTC helps pay part or all of the health care premium. Even if you do not qualify for an APTC, you can compare and purchase affordable health insurance. You cannot be denied coverage even if you have a pre-existing condition.
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