This article is a section taken from Medical Assistance (MA), a part of the revisions and additions to the Minnesota Health Care Program Eligibility Policy Manual.

Medical Assistance (MA) Living Arrangement

Medical Assistance (MA) enrollees live in a variety of community and facility (or institutional) living arrangements. A person’s living arrangement may affect MA eligibility and covered services. This chapter discusses living arrangements.

Community Living Arrangement

Community living arrangements have no impact on MA eligibility. See Appendix D Community Living Arrangements for more information.

Facility Living Arrangement

People who live in the following settings have a facility living arrangement. People in facility settings may be subject to special eligibility rules related to the living arrangement.

Institutions for Mental Diseases

An Institution for Mental Diseases (IMD) is a hospital, nursing facility, or other institution or residential program that has 17 or more beds and is primarily engaged in providing diagnosis, treatment or care of people with mental diseases. An IMD provides treatment for people with mental illness or chemical dependency (CD). See the Appendix E Institute for Mental Diseases for more information.

Long-Term Care Facilities

Policies regarding payment of long-term care facility services are different for different types of MA. See the MA for Long-Term Care Services chapter for more information.

Long-term care facilities (LTCFs) include:

  • Nursing facilities

  • Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/DDs)

Correctional Facilities

In general, people who are incarcerated in a state prison, county detention facility, or city jail are not eligible for Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) coverage. Correctional facilities include:

  • City, county, state and federal correctional and detention facilities for adults, including inmates who are:

    • in a work release program that requires they return to the facility during non-work hours.

    • sent by the court or penal institution to a chemical dependency residential treatment program while serving a sentence and are required to return to the correctional facility after completing treatment.

  • Secure juvenile facilities licensed by the Department of Corrections (DOC) that are for holding, evaluation and detention purposes

  • State-owned and operated juvenile correctional facility

  • Publicly-owned and operated juvenile residential treatment and group foster care facilities licensed by the DOC with more than 25 non-secure beds


  • People incarcerated may qualify for MA payment of inpatient hospital care and aftercare. See the MA for Hospitalized Incarcerated People chapter for more information.

  • Children placed by a juvenile court in certain juvenile programs may be eligible for MA depending on the type of facility.

  • People residing in a correctional facility may apply for Minnesota Health Care Programs 45 days prior to their release. See the MHCP Applications for Incarcerated People Preparing for Release policy for more information.

Title IV-E Certified Facilities

The IV-E program certifies different types of programs for children as Title IV-E eligible facilities. These settings include residential treatment programs, foster homes or group foster homes licensed by DHS and/or Department of Corrections and out-of-state residential treatment programs approved as Title IV-E eligible by their home state.

See MA Northstar Care for Children chapter for more information about MA eligibility rules for children who reside in foster care settings.

Legal Citations

Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 435.1010
Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.055, subdivisions 11 to 14

CREDIT: The content of this post has been copied or adopted from the Minnesota Healthcare Programs Eligibility Policy Manual, originally published by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

This is also part of a series of posts on Minnesota Healthcare Eligibility Policies.