Minnesotans with MinnesotaCare need to complete their annual health care renewal forms as soon as possible to ensure care in the new year.
The Department of Human Services (DHS) mailed renewal forms to more than 62,000 MinnesotaCare members throughout the state. These members must verify their continued eligibility for the health care program to continue their coverage in 2019. After members return the renewal form, DHS will notify them by mail whether their coverage is renewed, if they need to provide additional information or if they are no longer eligible for the program.
DHS wants to ensure a smooth renewal process for Minnesotans seeking affordable comprehensive coverage through MinnesotaCare, Commissioner Emily Piper said. Members are encouraged to submit renewal forms by Dec. 15 to ensure timely processing.
“We ask MinnesotaCare members to return their renewal form for processing as quickly as possible to maintain their coverage without breaks in service,” she said.
A webpage at mn.gov/dhs/health-care/renewal includes frequently asked questions and a checklist to walk members through the renewal process. Members can also call the MinnesotaCare help line at (800) 657-3672 or (651) 297-3862 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Members should wait two weeks after returning their renewal form before calling DHS to find out the status of their renewal.
MinnesotaCare provides health care coverage to more than 82,000 Minnesotans who earn too much to qualify for Medical Assistance, but whose annual incomes are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. The program was created in 1992 by Gov. Arne Carlson and a coalition of legislators.
MinnesotaCare is considered a Basic Health Program under federal law, which allows the state to purchase coverage directly for members by pooling the premium tax credits they would have otherwise received in the individual insurance market. MinnesotaCare pays for a variety of services such as doctor visits, prescriptions and hospital stays.