Minnesota Health Care Programs

1.2.1 Application Forms

Many people may apply for Minnesota’s Insurance Affordability Programs (IAP) using the MNsure online or a paper application. However, there are different application forms designed to collect the information needed based on the applicant's situation. Applicants must not be asked to answer questions that are not applicable to determining their eligibility. Using the correct application form helps speed up the eligibility determination. When using a paper application form, it is important to choose the most appropriate form and to follow the instructions about where to send the form.

MNsure Online Application

A secure, web-based application is at MNsure.org. The online application for financial assistance in obtaining health care is a smart and dynamic application that asks questions based on an applicant’s response to previous questions. The online application displays all required information about an applicant's rights and responsibilities. It is the preferred application for IAPs because a real-time eligibility determination may be possible.

Applicants using the MNsure online application have eligibility determined for all Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) and advanced premium tax credits.

Eligibility is evaluated in the following order:

  1. Medical Assistance (MA) for Families with Children and Adults (MA-FCA)

  2. MinnesotaCare

  3. Advanced premium tax credit (APTC)

  4. Qualified health plan (QHP) without subsidy

People who are eligible for MA are not eligible for MinnesotaCare or APTC. Likewise, people who are eligible for MinnesotaCare are not eligible for APTC. Eligibility for help getting health care is not a barrier to purchasing a QHP without financial help.

Applicants who are potentially eligible for other types of MA are referred for a further eligibility determination.

MNsure Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs (DHS-6696)

Applicants may use the paper version of the MNsure online application. Applicants submit DHS-6696 to their county or tribal servicing agency. It is available in English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Applicants using DHS-6696 must have eligibility determined for all Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) and advanced premium tax credits.

Eligibility is evaluated in the following order:

  1. MA-FCA

  2. MinnesotaCare

  3. APTC

  4. QHP without subsidy

People who are eligible for MA are not eligible for MinnesotaCare or APTC. Likewise, people who are eligible for MinnesotaCare are not eligible for APTC. Eligibility for help getting health care is not a barrier to purchasing a QHP without financial help.

Applicants who are potentially eligible for other types of MA are referred for a further eligibility determination.

MHCP Application for Certain Populations (DHS-3876)

Applicants in households where everyone in the household is a member of one of the following populations use the MHCP Application for Certain Populations:

  • Age 65 or older

  • Blind or has a disability

  • Applying only for Medicare Savings Program

  • 21 years old or older, lives with no children under age 19, and has Medicare coverage

  • Receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • Applying for MA for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD)

DHS-3876 is available in English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. Applicants submit DHS-3876 to their county or tribal servicing agency.

The Supplement to the MHCP Application DHS-3417 or DHS-3876 (DHS-6696B) must also be completed when a submitted DHS-3876 includes household members not listed above.

MHCP Application for Payment of Long-Term Care Services (DHS-3531)

The Application for Payment of Long-Term Care Services (DHS-3531) is for MA applicants who have a basis of eligibility other than MA-FCA and:

  • live in a long-term care facility such as a (nursing home).

  • live in an intermediate care facility for people with developmental disabilities.

  • live in a nursing facility care in an inpatient hospital.

  • request Elderly Waiver (EW) services.

  • request Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI) services.

  • request Community Alternative Care (CAC) services.

  • request Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) services.

  • request Developmental Disabilities Waiver (DD) services.

Applicants submit DHS-3531 to their county or tribal servicing agency. Applicants who are potentially eligible for MA-FCA are referred for a further eligibility determination.

Minnesota MA Application/Renewal Breast and Cervical Cancer (DHS-3525)

The Minnesota MA Application/Renewal Breast and Cervical Cancer form is for people who were screened by the Sage Screening Program and have breast or cervical cancer and are seeking MA coverage. Enrollees also use this form to renew eligibility for coverage. Applicants submit DHS-3525 to their county or tribal servicing agency.

Minnesota Family Planning Program Application – MFPP (DHS-4740)

This form is for applicants who are only seeking coverage under the Minnesota Family Planning Program (MFPP.) Applicants submit DHS-4740 to DHS Health Care Eligibility Operations. It is also available in Spanish.

Application Supplements

A supplemental form may be required to collect additional information needed to determine eligibility. Agencies may only require an applicant to provide information necessary to make an eligibility determination and cannot require applicants to provide information they already provided. Therefore, an applicant or enrollee who already completed an application cannot be required to submit a new application unless their eligibility is denied or coverage closed. Instead, a supplement is used to make a complete eligibility determination.

Supplement to MNsure Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs (DHS-6696A)

Applicants who submit their application through the MNsure online or paper application (DHS-6696) may need to provide additional information if their eligibility cannot be determined in the new eligibility system or if further evaluation is needed for MA-ABD, long-term care services or Medicare Savings Program eligibility. This paper supplement gathers information, not requested on the MNsure application, needed to determine eligibility for:

  • MA for people age 65 and older, people who are blind, or have a disability

  • MA for people receiving care and rehabilitation services from the Center for Victims of Torture

  • Refugee MA

  • MA with a spenddown

  • MA payment for long-term care facility services

  • MA payment for home and community-based waiver services

  • Medicare Savings Programs

DHS-6696A is available in English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. Applicants submit DHS-6696A to their county or tribal servicing agency.

Supplement to the MHCP Application DHS-3417 or DHS-3876 (DHS-6696B)

The Combined Application Form (DHS-5223) dated prior to January 2014 and the Health Care Programs Application (DHS-3417) are no longer used to apply for health care. However, when an applicant submits one of these forms they can complete this short supplement instead of a new MHCP application.

When an applicant submits the MHCP Application for Certain Populations (DHS-3876) and they do not meet the criteria to use DHS-3876, they must complete this short supplement to have an eligibility determination. This paper supplement gathers information needed to determine eligibility for:

  • MA-FCA

  • MinnesotaCare

  • APTC

  • QHP without subsidy

DHS-6696B is available in English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese. Applicants submit DHS-6696B to their county or tribal servicing agency.

MHCP MA Payment for Inpatient Hospital Care for Inmates (DHS-6696G)

This form is a supplement to DHS-6696 for inmates requesting MA payment of hospital services while incarcerated. The correctional facility assists with the application. Applicants submit DHS-6696G and a completed DHS-6696 to DHS Health Care Eligibility Operations.

MHCP Individual Discharge Information Sheet (DHS-3443)

This form is a supplement for people leaving prison to help determine health care eligibility upon release. Applicants must submit DHS-3443 with a completed application; a DHS-6696, DHS-3876, DHS-5038 or DHS-3531. Applicants submit the two forms to the county or tribal servicing agency in which the applicant resided before entering the correctional system.

Other Forms

MHCP Payment of Long-Term Care Services for MA for Families with Children and Adults (DHS-3543A)

MA enrollees using the Families with Children and Adults bases of eligibility use this form to request payment for services in a long-term care facility. Enrollees submit DHS-3543A to their county or tribal servicing agency.

MHCP Request for Payment of Long-Term Care Services (DHS-3543)

MA enrollees using the People Who are Age 65 or Older, Blind or Disabled bases of eligibility use this form to request payment for services in a long-term care facility or a home and community-based waiver program. Enrollees submit DHS-3543 to their county or tribal servicing agency.

MHCP Request to Reopen MA (DHS-5038)

This form is used to request MA coverage reopen after the person was incarcerated less than a year. Applicant submit DHS-5038 to the county or tribal servicing agency in which:

  • the applicant resided before entering the correctional system, or

  • the applicant plans to live if the previous county of residence is unknown or the person came from another state.

MNsure Appendix A - Health Coverage from Jobs (DHS-6696D)

This form request missing information about employer subsidized health insurance availability. People can take this form to their human resources department to be filled out. It is included in DHS-6696 and the MNsure online application. Applicants submit DHS-6696D to their county or tribal servicing agency.

MNsure Application Additional Information Requested (DHS-6696F)

This form requests missing information from an incomplete DHS-6696. It includes steps three through nine of DHS-6696. Applicants submit DHS-6696F to their county or tribal servicing agency.

MNsure Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs Signature Page (DHS-6696C)

This form obtains a signature from a Minnesota Health Care Programs applicant or enrollee when the person fails to sign the application or renewal. Applicants submit DHS-6696C to their county or tribal servicing agency.

Request to Apply for MHCP (DHS-3417B)

This form sets the date of application. An applicant must submit a complete application within 30 days of the written request. Applicants submit DHS-3417B to their county or tribal servicing agency.

Legal Citations

Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 435.907

Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 155.405

Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 155.310

Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.04

Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.08