Minnesota Family Planning Program (MFPP) Section 1115 Waiver

Public Comment Period on Transition of the Minnesota Family Planning Program Section 1115 Waiver to State Plan Authority under the Family Planning State Plan Option

The Minnesota Family Planning Program (MFPP) section 1115 waiver currently gives Minnesota the authority to receive federal matching funds for family planning services to men and women, ages 15 to 50, who have family incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and who are not enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. State law requires DHS to seek state plan authority for the MFPP. Effective January 1, 2017, the program will be converted to state plan authority under the Family Planning State Plan option.

In accordance with federal requirements, the Family Planning State Plan option for the MFPP program will make some changes, including eliminating the penalty for failing to report changes, adding transportations services, providing a three-month retroactive coverage period for enrollees and removing age restrictions. It will also change the time period for coverage under presumptive eligibility (PE). When a full family planning application is not completed, PE coverage for an enrollee will begin the day of PE approval and end the last day of the month following the month of PE approval. If a full application is completed, PE coverage for an enrollee will begin the day of PE approval and end the date on which an eligibility determination is made under the completed full application.

Under the Family Planning State Plan option the following MFPP program criteria will remain unchanged:

  • • MFPP benefits will be unchanged;
  • • Presumptive eligibility determinations through approved providers will continue;
  • • The income of parents, spouses, or sponsors will continue to be disregarded for applicants and enrollees under the age of 21, and only the income of the applicant or enrollee under age 21 will be counted;
  • • Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) methods will continue to apply; and
  • • The income limit will remain at 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

  • DHS invites public comment on the transition of the MFPP waiver to the Family Planning State Plan option. Written comments may be submitted to the following email mailbox: dhs.waiver.comments@state.mn.us or by mail to the address below. DHS would like to provide copies of comments received in a format that is accessible for people with disabilities. Therefore, we request that comments be submitted in Microsoft Word format or incorporated within the email text. If you would also like to provide a signed copy of the comment letter, you may submit a second copy in Adobe PDF format or mail it to the address below. Comments must be received by December 30, 2016.

    Marie Zimmerman
    Medicaid Director
    Minnesota Department of Human Services
    P.O. Box 64983
    St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0983

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    CMS Approves Six-Month Extension of MFPP Waiver through Dec. 31, 2016

    The Minnesota Family Planning Program (MFPP) section 1115 waiver gives Minnesota the authority to receive federal matching funds for family planning services to men and women, ages 15 to 50, who have family incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level and who are not enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare.

    State law requires DHS to seek state plan authority for the MFPP. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) granted a temporary extension of the MFPP waiver through December 31, 2016. The extension of the waiver will allow the program to operate under the existing terms and conditions as DHS prepares for the transition to state plan authority.

    CMS Approval Letter (PDF)


    MFPP Waiver Reports to CMS

    The MFPP waiver special terms and conditions require the state to provide updates on the program’s implementation to CMS. Reports are submitted on a quarterly and annual basis.

    MFPP Demonstration Year VIII


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