A four-month program that provides services and supports to eligible families to
help them move immediately to work rather than go on welfare. The four months
of DWP do not count for the 60-month lifetime limit for the Minnesota Family
Investment Program (MFIP), the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
A monthly, cash payment program for families who have one or more children
under age 19 or for women who are pregnant and who have little or no income.
Eligibility is based on income and assets. To receive cash payments,
participants must participate in employment services.
An extra cash benefit intended to help meet basic living expenses. It is mainly for
individuals and couples who live alone and get SSI. People who receive in-home
care services from Medical Assistance (Medicaid) or who may need supportive
housing and are on SSI can also get MSA. In some cases, if your income is just
over SSI limits, you can still get MSA.
EA is a program that helps families with children under the age of 18 who are in
danger of being evicted or having a utility shut off. EA can be used once in a 12-
month period. Eligibility is based on income and assets at the time of application.
Additional rules may apply.
Group Residential Housing (GRH) is a state-funded income supplement program that pays for room-and-board cost for low-income adults who have been placed in a licensed or registered setting with which a county human service agency has negotiated a monthly fee.
The Elderly Waiver (EW) program funds home and community-based services for people age 65 and older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and require the level of medical care provided in a nursing home, but choose to reside in the community. The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) operates the EW program under a federal waiver to Minnesota’s Medicaid State Plan. Counties administer the program.
The (AC) Alternative Care Program is a state-funded program that supports certain home and community-based services for older Minnesotans, age 65 and over, who are at risk of nursing home placement and have low levels of income and assets. The program is administered by counties.
An Asset Assessment is completed to determine the dollar value of assets that can be protected for the spouse living in the community. These are called “protected assets.” An Asset Assessment determines the total counted marital assets you and your spouse own on a specific date.
The application for MNCare is the same as (MA) Medical Assistance, however, once your application is completed and you have your proofs requested, send your application to: MinnesotaCare State Office, PO Box 64838, St. Paul MN 55164. You may also bring your application to our office and we will send your application to MNCare for you. Any questions regarding your MNCare application will need to be directed to their toll-free number: 1-800-657-3672.
To qualify for (MA-EPD) Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities, the applicant must be certified as disabled by the Social Security Administration or state medical review team. MA-EPD requires that the applicant be ineligible for regular MA.
Benefits are available on the same day every month, even on weekends or holidays. View a chart of benefit availability: Cash / Food Benefits Chart – link to “Benefits Chart” below
In most situations, the agency has 30 days to process cash and food applications. We have 45 to 60 days to process health care applications. We process applications as soon as we can. It is important to turn in all the verifications we request as soon as possible as this will speed up the process.