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Personal Care Assistance

Eligibility for PCA services

Page posted: 11/04/13

Page reviewed: 12/28/17

Page updated: 12/28/17

Legal authority

42 C.F.R. 440.167, Minn. Stat. §256B.0651 and Minn. Stat. §256B.0659

Recipient eligibility

PCA services are available to recipients of Medical Assistance through fee-for-service or managed-care plans.

Eligible recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • • Able to identify their needs or have a responsible party act on their behalf
  • • Be assessed as eligible for PCA: one dependency in an activity of daily living and/or Level I behavior
  • • Be assessed as needing PCA services to live in the community
  • • Manage their support staff and the delivery of their services to ensure their health and safety or have a responsible party who is able to do so
  • • Develop a service plan with assistance from the lead agency assessor.
  • • Have a current and approved service agreement for PCA services
  • • Live in a home setting. The setting may NOT be a hospital, nursing facility, intermediate care facility, health facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health or foster care setting licensed for more than four residents.
  • PCA, waivers and AC

    PCA services are available to people enrolled in the following programs:

  • • Alternative Care (AC) program
  • • Brain Injury (BI) Waiver
  • • Community Alternative to Care (CAC) Waiver
  • • Community Access for Disability Inclusion (CADI) Waiver
  • • Developmental Disability (DD) Waiver
  • • Elderly Waiver (EW)
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