*** The Health Care Programs Manual (HCPM) has been replaced by the Minnesota Health Care Programs Eligibility Policy Manual (EPM) as of June 1, 2016. Please refer to the EPM for current health care program policy information. ***

Chapter 03 - Eligibility Groups and Bases of Eligibility

Effective:  October 1, 2011


Archived:  June 1, 2016 (Previous Versions)

Eligibility Groups and Bases of Eligibility

Eligibility for Minnesota Health Care Programs depends on certain factors. The relevant factors vary by program but may include age, disability, pregnancy, or presence of children in the home.

l  For MinnesotaCare, these factors determine the correct MinnesotaCare eligibility group.

l  For Medical Assistance (MA), these factors may provide a basis of eligibility, which is a key requirement for MA.

There are other factors that play a role in determining the appropriate health care program coverage. These may include immigration status, living arrangement, eligibility for other assistance programs, chronic medical needs, or a specific medical diagnosis.

For more information, see:


MA for Families with Children.

MA for Adults without Children.

MA for People Who are Age 65 or Older, Blind, or Disabled.

Medicare Savings Programs.

Waiver Programs.

Programs for Specific Populations.

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