Health care > Who is eligible
Who is considered disabled or blind?
To be considered disabled or blind for our programs, you must be certified disabled through the Social Security Administration (SSA) or the State Medical Review Team (SMRT).
What is the income limit?
The income limit and whose income is counted depend on your age and who lives with you. People who receive home- and community-based waiver services or nursing home services have different income rules.
If my income is more than the limit, can I still get coverage?
Even if your income is more than the limit, you may still get coverage with a spenddown. If you work and your income is more than the limit, you may be eligible for Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities.
Can I get coverage if I have a house or car?
Yes, homes and cars are generally not counted toward the asset limit.
Can I get coverage if I have savings, a retirement account or other assets?
Yes, but you will have an asset limit. Retirement accounts may be considered differently than other assets.
What will coverage cost?
For many people, the only cost is copays for some services. Depending on your income, there may be a monthly premium or spenddown.
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 Medicare or 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 help pay the cost of your Medicare or other insurance so you can keep that coverage.
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
Disability Linkage Line® toll free at 866-333-2466
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