Medical Assistance

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Overview

Medical Assistance (MA) is Minnesota’s Medicaid program. It is the largest of Minnesota’s publicly funded health care programs. It provides health care coverage to over 700,000 low-income Minnesotan’s each month. Three-fourths of those are children and families, pregnant women and adults without children. The others are people 65 or older and people who have disabilities.

Most enrollees get their health care through health plans. The rest get care on a fee-for-service basis, with providers billing the state directly for services provided.

MA is funded with state and federal funds. The Minnesota Department of Human Services oversees the program statewide. Eligibility is administered by county offices. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services oversees Medicaid nationally.

How to apply

See How to apply for more information.

Facts and figures about MA

  • • Detailed information about program costs and funding sources, as well as enrollment breakdowns by county, is in reports produced by the department’s Reports and Forecasts division.
  • • Legislative summaries are available on the department’s fact sheets page.

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