Medical Assistance for Long-Term Care Services

2.4.1 Eligibility Requirements

This subchapter provides general policy information that applies to Medical Assistance for Long-Term Care Services (MA-LTC).

LTC Eligibility Factors

People requesting MA-LTC must meet all of the following eligibility factors to be eligible:

Eligibility for MA

People who request MA-LTC are required to meet all of the eligibility requirements for MA before determining if the person meets the eligibility requirements for MA-LTC. MA eligibility is determined under MA for People Who Are Age 65 or Older and People Who Are Blind or Have a Disability (MA-ABD) or MA with Families with Children and Adults (FCA) basis of eligibility.

People eligible for MA with an ABD basis of eligibility are eligible MA-LTC if they meet the other LTC eligibility requirements.

People eligible for MA with an FCA basis of eligibility are only eligible to receive MA-LTC in a long-term care facility (LTCF) if they meet the other LTC eligibility requirements. They are not eligible to receive services through a home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver. If a person with a FCA basis of eligibility needs services through an HCBS waiver, the person would need to be determined eligible under one of the ABD bases of eligibility. 

Minnesota Health Care Programs Applications

MA applicants who are requesting LTC services should use one of the following forms:

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

MA enrollees who are requesting LTC services should use one of the following forms:

  • Minnesota Health Care Programs Request for Payment of Long-Term Care Services (DHS-3543)

  • Minnesota Health Care Programs Payment of Long-Term Care Services for MA for Families with Children and Adults (DHS-3543A)

Claims for MA-LTC services cannot be paid until the enrollee is determined eligible for MA-LTC.

  • If the enrollee is requesting services because of a move to an LTCF, eligibility can begin the date the enrollee moved into the LTCF or the date that all eligibility requirements for MA-LTC are met, whichever is later.

  • If the enrollee is requesting services through an HCBS waiver, eligibility can begin no earlier than the date of the LTCC or the date the enrollee meets all eligibility requirements for MA-LTC, whichever is later.

Notification

People who request MA-LTC are notified of the results of the eligibility determination through either a system generated or a manual notice. ”Notice of Action for Medical Assistance (MA) Payment of Long-Term Care Services” (DHS-4915).

The lead agency assessor or case manager, or the LTCF, is notified when the person becomes eligible so that LTC services can begin.

Legal Citations

Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.056, subdivision 2a

Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.056, subdivision 11

Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0595

Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.0911

United States Code, title 42, section 1396p