Medical Assistance is the way many families of children and adults with disabilities pay for services, like Personal Care Assistance (PCA) and waivers. It is also a starting point in applying for a waiver. MNsure is Minnesota’s health insurance exchange and the “front door” where most Minnesotans apply for healthcare programs like Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, Qualified Health Plans (QHPs, private insurance plans) and financial assistance to purchase these QHPs. Read more: Understanding MNsure. Some people with disabilities apply for healthcare programs through MNsure while others apply directly through their county of residence.
How Can The Arc Help?
Many people struggle with applying for Minnesota Health Care Programs, including Medical Assistance. The Arc can provide information to assist you in choosing and applying for the coverage you need. Advocates will provide tools to guide you through the application process and facilitate communication with your county and the state.
Who is Eligible for Assistance From The Arc?
The Arc provides information about health care access to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their family members living in the same household within the 7-county metro area.
How Do We Help?
Advocates at The Arc are available to answer questions about:
- MNsure, including Insurance Affordability Programs (Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, Qualified Health Plans)
- Healthcare programs specifically designed for people with disabilities, (MA-TEFRA, MA for Employed Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs Basic Care)
- Parental fees for the MA-TEFRA program
- Disability certifications through the State Medical Review Team
- Covered services
- How private insurance works with Medical Assistance and the county’s private insurance review process (called “Cost Effective Health Insurance”)
- Evaluating your options, and helping you determine how to apply for coverage (through MNsure or directly through a county using a paper application)
- Renewals for healthcare programs
Healthcare Access Pre-Recorded Webinar
Webinar presented on February 6, 2018:
Social Security at Age 18
Webinar presented on September 14, 2016:
- Arc Guide to Health Care and Human Service Acronyms
- Arc Guide to Cost Effective Health Insurance
- Arc Guide to Medical Assistance
- Arc Guide to Medical Assistance TEFRA
- Arc Guide to Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (EPD)
- Arc Guide to Medical Assistance (MA) Renewals
- Arc Guide to MnCHOICES
- Arc Guide to Managed Care
- Arc Guide to the State Medical Review Team
- Healthcare and Related Programs
How Do I Get More Information?
For more information, please submit your question to Ask an Advocate or call The Arc at 952-920-0855 or toll-free at 833.450.1494.