Families with children under 21

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19- and 20-year-olds

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This information is for families with children under 21 living with them. This information also applies to foster parents and other caretakers.

What is the income limit for my family?
Adults and children have different income limits. The income limit depends on your age and family size.

Can my family qualify if we 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?
Some parents may have to pay a monthly premium. The amount, if any, depends on your income, family size and who gets coverage. You may also have copays for some services. There is no cost to children under 21.

When can our coverage start?
Coverage may 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, or pay your first premium if you have one.

  • 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.

    Can I get help for my child who has a disability?
    There are special options for children under age 21 who have a disability.

    What if someone in my family does not qualify and still needs coverage?
    They 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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    651-431-2670 (Twin Cities metro area) or
    800-657-3739 (outside Twin Cities metro area)
    TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711
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