This article is a section taken from MinnesotaCare Non-Financial Eligibility a part of the revisions and additions to the Minnesota Health Care Program Eligibility Policy Manual.

MinnesotaCare Lawful Presence and DACA

To receive MinnesotaCare, applicants must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, certain lawfully present noncitizens or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees. See the MinnesotaCare Citizenship policy for more information.

Lawfully Present Noncitizens

All lawfully present noncitizens may be eligible for MinnesotaCare.

People granted DACA status may be eligible for MinnesotaCare. DACA grantees are noncitizens who came to the United States as children and meet certain criteria set out by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS). Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion by the USDHS to defer removal action against a person for a period of time. DACA grantees are eligible for work authorization and may receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal.

Undocumented noncitizens are not eligible for MinnesotaCare.


Lawful presence may be verified electronically at the time of application. Applicants and enrollees whose lawful presence cannot be verified electronically must provide proofs. People who are DACA grantees must also provide proof that DACA has been approved if their status cannot be verified electronically. See Immigration documentation types at for information about immigration documentation.

Eligibility is approved for applicants who meet all other eligibility criteria and attest to meeting the citizen or noncitizen eligibility requirements. A person approved for MinnesotaCare without verification of lawful presence or DACA grantee status has a reasonable opportunity to provide proof. A notice is sent to the enrollee to indicate they have 90 days, plus 5 days for mailing, from the date of the notice to provide proof. Coverage ends with a 10-day advance notice if the person fails to cooperate with the verification process.

The county, tribal or state servicing agency must help applicants and enrollees obtain required proofs.

Legal Citations

Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 600.305
Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 600.5
Minnesota Statutes, section 256L.04, subdivisions 1 and 10

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.