One way to receive medical care assistance in Minnesota is to apply for one of the state’s two public health programs, Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. Another way is to find charitable clinics listed on the MN Low-Cost Health Care Directory at MN.BridgetoBenefits.org.
Medical Assistance provides health care benefits for people with very low incomes. Residents print applications from the Minnesota Department of Human Services website or get one at a county DHS office. Applicants must provide proof of income and are re-evaluated for eligibility every six months. It can take up to 45 days to determine eligibility for most applicants.
MinnesotaCare is for working residents without insurance. Applications are available through the agency website, at county DHS offices, and from some schools and medical offices. Residents can also request an application by phone. It can take 45 days to approve an application. Those approved pay a monthly fee, which is based on income and the number of family members covered by the plan. Enrollees renew their applications annually.
The MN Low-Cost Health Care Directory helps uninsured and underinsured residents find low-cost or free medical and dental clinics. Most of the listed clinics use an income-based sliding fee scale to determine what patients pay.