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• Some women may only get coverage while they are pregnant.
• Some people may only get coverage for a health care emergency.
• Some people may get full coverage.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, you may be able to get coverage if you meet program rules. The coverage you can get depends on your immigration status and the date you came to the United States.
What do you need to know about my immigration status?
• Applying only for coverage for emergency medical care
• Applying for your children or other family members but not yourself (we may need proof of status for children or others applying)
• Only helping someone else apply.
In most cases, we need proof of your immigration status. We will try to help you if you need help getting proof. You do not have to give us proof of your status if you are:
Can I get coverage if I am visiting or here without documentation?
Yes, you may get coverage for a medical emergency or a chronic condition which, if left untreated, could cause serious harm. Emergency care may include doctor visits, hospital care, prescriptions, mental health care and other needed services. Your doctor may need to provide information for you to get this coverage.
Will you report me to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services if I am here without documentation?
No. We only use your information to see if you can get coverage.
What is the income limit?
Adults and children have different income limits. The income limit and whose income is counted depend on your age and who lives with you.
Can I get coverage if I have a house or car?
Yes, the home you live in and a car are usually not counted toward the asset limit Children and pregnant women do not have an asset limit.
Can I get coverage if I have savings, a retirement account or other assets?
Yes, there is an asset limit. Retirement accounts may be considered differently than other assets. Children and pregnant women do not have an asset limit
Will you count my sponsors’ income and assets?
If you have a sponsor, we may need to count their income and assets. If the sponsor is married, we may also count their spouse’s income and assets.
What will coverage cost?
There may be a monthly premium. The amount, if any, depends on your income and who lives with you. Adults also may have copays for some services. Children and pregnant women do not have copays.
When will 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 your other insurance so you can keep that coverage.
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
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