Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO)

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What is the Minnesota Senior Health Options Program?

The Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO) is a health care program that combines separate health programs and support systems into one health care package. It is for people ages 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B. People can choose to join MSHO or stay in their current MA program. MSHO enrollees are assigned a care coordinator who will help them get their health care and related support services.

MSHO is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) and eight managed care organizations: Blue Plus, HealthPartners, Itasca Medical Care, Medica, Metropolitan Health Plan, PrimeWest Health, South Country Health Alliance and UCare.

One person’s MSHO experience

Larry is a 75-year-old man with health problems. His health problems have made it hard for him to take care of his home and his personal hygiene. In one year, he was in the hospital four times for dehydration. His meals often include canned foods, cheese, lunch meat and soda. Larry is very independent and doesn’t like to ask for help.

After joining MSHO, Larry met with a care coordinator. His care coordinator helped him get the health care services he needed. Now, Meals-on-Wheels brings him a daily meal. A nurse visits him every two weeks to help him manage his diabetes and medication. A home health aide visits him three times a week to help him with hygiene and personal care and he gets weekly homemaking services and chore services. The care coordinator also helped him schedule regular doctor’s appointments. During the first six months of joining MSHO, Larry was not hospitalized once. He even told his care coordinator that she is his "ray of sunshine."

Who can enroll in MSHO?

MSHO is for people who:

  • • are eligible for Medical Assistance and enrolled in both Medicare Parts A and B
  • • are age 65 or older
  • • live in one of the counties where at least one health plan offers MSHO.
    See map of MSHO health plans by county (PDF)
  • What services can I get through MSHO?

    MSHO offers the same services as Medical Assistance and Medicare:

  • • doctor visits
  • • emergency room care
  • • hospitalization
  • • dental care
  • • lab and X-rays
  • • durable medical equipment
  • • prescription drugs
  • • personal care attendant services
  • • home health services
  • • home and community-based services (Elderly Waiver)
  • • nursing home care
  • • transportation
  • • interpreter services
  • a care coordinator.

  • An MSHO health plan may offer additional services.

    How to enroll

    To enroll in MSHO, you must be eligible for MA or already have Medicare coverage. If you have questions about health care programs, contact the county human services agency in which you live. If you have questions about Medicare, visit www.medicare.gov or call the Senior Linkage Line® at 1-800-333-2433.

    If you already have MA and want to enroll in MSHO, contact one of the MSHO health plans.

    If you have a medical spenddown for your MA (PDF) (DHS-5525), you will get a letter explaining how to pay it.

    Health plans that offer the MSHO program

    You can choose an MSHO health plan or stay with your current health plan if it offers the MSHO program.
    Map of health plans offering MSHO by county (PDF)

    Blue Plus 651-662-3584 or 888-878-0137 (TTY/TDD) (toll free)

    HealthPartners 952-883-5050 or 877-713-8215 (toll free) or 800-443-0156 (TTY/TDD)

    Itasca Medical Care 218-327-6193 or 800-843-9536 (toll free)

    Medica 952-992-2345 or 800-234-8755 (toll free) or 800-234-8819 (TTY/TDD)

    PrimeWest Health 800-366-2906 (toll free) or 877-627-3529 (TTY/TDD)

    South Country Health Alliance 507-444-7770 or 866-567-7242 (toll free)

    UCare 800-707-1711 (toll free) or 800-688-2534 (TTY/TDD)

    Contact us

    Senior LinkAge Line® 800-333-2433
    Phone numbers for county human service agencies

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