Minnesota Health Care Programs

1.4.4 Temporary Absence

Temporary absence refers to circumstances where one or more household members are absent from a household they share with others, but the absent members remain part of the household.

Reasons for the temporary absence include but are not limited to:

When temporarily absent for school attendance or training, the student must:

The following are some of the circumstances that are not considered a temporary absence:

Temporary Absences from the State

A temporary absence includes when a person is absent from the state with the intent to return to the state when the reason for the absence ends. There is no limit for how long a person may be temporarily absent from the state. A person is no longer considered temporarily absent from the state if they receive Medicaid benefits in another state. An applicant or enrollee's eligibility for Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) may not be denied or terminated because of the person's temporary absence from the state.

Legal Citations

Code of Federal Regulations, title 20, section 416.1149

Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 435.403

Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.056, subdivision 1

Minnesota Statutes, section 256L.09, subdivision 4