Program DescriptionMedicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and individuals with disabilities. In some states the program covers all low-income adults below a certain income level.
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.
General Program Requirements
People who live in Minnesota may qualify for Medical Assistance. You must meet program rules including income limits. How much income you can have and qualify for coverage depends on:
- Your household size,
- Pregnancy or disability status, and
- The health care program you qualify for
In general for Medical Assistance, you must be a US national, citizen, lawfully present or qualified noncitizen, and have low income. You must also be a resident of the state of Minnesota. For more information about program rules, see the Who Qualifies for Minnesota Health Care Programs page.
In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
|Household Size*||Maximum Income Level (Per Year)|