Effective: June 1, 2010
11.25ar4 - Federally or State-Funded Health Care (Archive)
Archived: June 1, 2012
Noncitizens with certain immigration statuses may qualify for federally funded health care (Medical Assistance with federal financial participation, or MinnesotaCare major programs LL or FF) if they meet one or more of the following conditions:
l They entered the United States before August 22, 1996.
l They entered the United States on or after August 22, 1996 and they have resided in the United States for at least five years in a qualified A person who meets certain USCIS criteria has this legal status designation. Qualified noncitizens must meet all eligibility requirements. The qualified status does not give a noncitizen automatic MHCP eligibility or ensure federal funding. The person must meet one of the following: was lawfully admitted for permanent residence under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), or, was admitted to the U.S. as a refugee under section 207 of the INA, or, was granted asylum under section 208 of the INA, or, removal is being withheld under section 241(b)(3) of the INA (or deportation was withheld under section 243(h) as in effect prior to April 1, 1997), or, was paroled under section 212(d)(5) of the INA for a period of at least one year, or, was granted conditional entry pursuant to section 203(A)(7) of the INA as in effect prior to April 1, 1980, or, is a Cuban or Haitian entrant, or, is a battered noncitizen with an approved or pending petition for immigration status. status. They may qualify for federally funded health care back to the first day of the month in which they meet the five-year requirement if they meet all other eligibility requirements.
l They meet the "exemption for military service" criteria noted below.
If they do not meet this date of entry, length of residence, or military service criteria, these noncitizens are potentially eligible only for state-funded health care coverage (state-funded MA, or MinnesotaCare major programs KK, JJ, or BB).
They must meet all other health care program requirements to be eligible.
Statuses That May Be Federally or State-Funded.
Exemption for Military Service.
Emergency Medical Assistance.
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Statuses That May be Federally or State-Funded
The immigration statuses affected by these provisions are:
l Battered noncitizens and their parents or children.
Note: Determine the five years of residence in a qualified status beginning with the date that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) The federal agency responsible for immigration and citizenship. This agency was formerly known as the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) and Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). sends a notice of approval of the self-petition or a notice of prima facie determination.
l Lawful permanent residents (LPRs).
Note: LPRs who were originally admitted with a refugee, conditional entrant, asylee, or withholding of removal status and later adjust to LPR status may continue to be eligible for federally funded health care under their original status. See Changes in Immigration Status for more information.
l Immigrants granted parole for at least one year.
See the specific sections for definitions and a list of acceptable sources of verification for individual statuses.
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Exemption for Military Service
Noncitizens with one of the above immigration statuses may be eligible for federally funded health care regardless of their date of entry or length of time in the U.S. They meet an exemption due to military service if they are one of the following:
l Honorably discharged non-U.S. citizen veterans of the U.S. armed forces.
l Noncitizens on active duty in the U.S. armed forces.
This exemption also includes spouses and unmarried dependent children of these honorably discharged veterans or active duty personnel. It does not include National Guard service.
Require one of the following forms of verification:
l Original or notarized copy of discharge papers.
l Original or notarized copy of current orders showing full-time duty in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard.
l Military identification card.
Note: Self-declaration under penalty of perjury may be accepted pending receipt of acceptable documentation.
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Emergency Medical Assistance
People who are eligible for state-funded MA (major program NM) may be eligible for Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) (major program EH) if they have a medical emergency. EMA is available only for the length of the emergency, but because it is both federally and state-funded, it should be used for noncitizens with a medical emergency who are eligible for state-funded MA.
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