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MinnesotaCare is a health coverage program in the U.S. state of Minnesota for low-income individuals and families who do not have access to employee-sponsored health insurance. It is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Enrollees pay a monthly fee based on income and family size, among other factors. According to the Minnesota House of Representatives, 121,731 individuals were enrolled in MinnesotaCare as of November 2006.[1]

MinnesotaCare coverage includes "doctor visits, hospitalization, prescriptions, eye exams, eye glasses, dental care" and other services.[2] Services are provided through prepaid health plans, who negotiate reimbursement rates with health care providers.[1] In fiscal year 2006, the MinnesotaCare program paid $438 million for medical services provided to enrollees. Thirty-five percent of the cost was paid for by the federal government, 8 percent by premiums paid by enrollees, and the remainder by the state.[1]

Managed Care Organizations[edit]

According to Minnesota Department of Human Services, in year 2012, following health plans were available for MinnesotaCare applicants:[3]

  • BluePlus
  • HealthPartners
  • Itasca Medical Care
  • Medica
  • Metropolitan Health Plan
  • PrimeWest Health
  • South Country Health Alliance
  • UCare


  1. ^ a b c MinnesotaCare - House Research Accessed 14 August 2007 Archived 21 June 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ MinnesotaCare home page, MHCP Minnesota Health Care Programs Accessed 14 August 2007
  3. ^ Managed care reporting: Contracts Accessed December 30, 2012

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