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

Temporary Absence

Temporary absence refers to circumstances where one or more household members are absent from a household they share with others, but the absent members remain part of the household.

Reasons for the temporary absence include but are not limited to:

  • School attendance or training

  • Employment

  • Illness or hospitalization

  • Vacation

  • Job search

  • Military service

  • Working in another state

  • Natural disaster or catastrophe

  • Personal or family emergency

  • Visits with a non-custodial parent or other relatives

When temporarily absent for school attendance or training, the student must:

  • maintain a home in Minnesota (or, for children, have a home maintained by a parent or relative caretaker); and

  • return home during vacations and school breaks.

The following are some of the circumstances that are not considered a temporary absence:

  • An absence of less than one calendar month

  • An absence that is expected to be more than one calendar month and the person does not intend to return to the home or does not meet a condition for temporary absence

  • An absence due to incarceration for more than one calendar month

Temporary Absences from the State

A temporary absence includes when a person is absent from the state with the intent to return to the state when the reason for the absence ends. There is no limit for how long a person may be temporarily absent from the state. A person is no longer considered temporarily absent from the state if they receive Medicaid benefits in another state. An applicant or enrollee’s eligibility for Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) may not be denied or terminated because of the person’s temporary absence from the state.

Legal Citations

Code of Federal Regulations, title 20, section 416.1149
Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 435.403
Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.056, subdivision 1
Minnesota Statutes, section 256L.09, subdivision

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.