Medical Assistance coverage

Health Care > Member Services

Medical Assistance (MA) may pay for medical bills going back three months from the date the county gets your application.

You get all your services from a health plan or directly from Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) providers. You choose your health plan from those offered in your county.

What services are covered?

MA covered services include:

  • Alcohol and drug treatment
  • Chiropractic care
  • Dental care (limited for non-pregnant adults)
  • Doctor / clinic visits
  • Emergency room (ER) care
  • Eyeglasses
  • Family planning services
  • Hearing aids
  • Home care
  • Hospice care
  • Hospital services (inpatient and outpatient)
  • Immunizations and vaccines
  • Interpreter services
  • Lab and X-ray
  • Licensed birth center services
  • Medical equipment and supplies
  • Medical transportation (access, ambulance and special)
  • Mental health care
  • Nursing homes and ICF-DD facilities
  • Outpatient surgery
  • Prescriptions and Medication Therapy Management
  • Rehabilitative therapy
  • Urgent care
  • You may need to fill out a form before MA can pay for some long-term care services including nursing homes. Contact your county office or worker for more information.

    For details about services that are covered, call member services or refer to your health plan certificate of coverage.

    Some people will have the following copays:

  • $2.75 monthly deductible
  • $3 copay on non-preventive doctor visits (no copay for mental health visits)
  • Prescription drugs -- $3 copay for brand name and $1 copay for generic; maximum of $12 per month; no copay on some mental health drugs
  • $3.50 copay on non-emergency visits to the emergency room
  • There are no copays for:

  • Children under 21
  • Pregnant women
  • People living or expecting to live for more than 30 days in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
  • People receiving hospice care
  • Refugees who receive medical coverage through the Refugee Medical Assistance Program
  • Services covered by Medicare (there may be Medicare copays).
  • What services are NOT covered?

  • Artificial insemination, including in vitro fertilization
  • Autopsy
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Dental services deemed to be cosmetic or not medically necessary
  • Gender-reassignment surgery
  • Missed appointments
  • Vocational or educational services
  • Contact us

    Health plan member services phone numbers
    MHCP member services for people not enrolled in a health plan
    8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
    651-431-2670 (Twin Cities metro area)
    800-657-3739 (outside Twin Cities metro area)
    TTY: 800-627-3529 or 711

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