Health care > Who is eligible
This information is for 19- and 20-year-olds who need coverage for basic health care such as physicals, prescriptions, illnesses and injuries, and hospital coverage. If you qualify, it will also pay for family planning services. If you do not qualify for full coverage, you may be eligible for coverage of family planning services only.
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).
What is the income limit?
The income limit and whose income is counted depend on who lives with you.
Does my parents’ income count?
We may count your parents’ income if they are supporting you, even if you do not live with them or are temporarily away at college. If you live with only one parent, we would count only that parent’s income.
Can I get coverage if I have a house, car, savings or other assets?
Yes, there is no asset limit for people under age 21. In most cases, we would not count your parents’ assets either.
What will coverage cost?
There may be a monthly premium. The amount, if any, depends on your income and who lives with you. People under age 21 do not have copays.
When will my coverage start?
• Go back to the date your application was received
• Go back three months from the date your application was received
• Begin the month after you are approved, or pay your first premium if you have one.
After you are approved, coverage may:
Call your county office if you have questions about when coverage can start.
What if I have other health insurance?
You may still get coverage. You must tell us if you:
• Have other health insurance
• Could be covered under someone else’s insurance
• 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.
Do I have to apply with my parents?
No. Whether you live on your own or with your parent(s), you do not have to apply with your parent(s). You do not need your parents’ permission to apply. We may ask for your parents’ income information.
Can my parents help me apply?
Yes, you can give permission for your parent(s) to help you. There is a section on the application that you have to complete and sign to give your parent(s) permission to act on your behalf. You and your parent(s) will both have to sign the application if they are acting on your behalf.
Which program should I apply for?
Different programs have different rules and costs. We will review your application for any program that you may be eligible for, unless you tell us differently. Some people want to apply directly for MinnesotaCare. Before doing so, read the differences between Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.
(651) 431-2670 (Twin Cities metro area) or
(800) 657-3739 (outside Twin Cities metro area)
TTY: (800) 627-3529 or 711
Addresses and phone numbers for county offices
MinnesotaCare contact information
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