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

MinnesotaCare Renewals

MinnesotaCare requires an annual renewal of eligibility. Renewing eligibility means redetermining eligibility. The annual renewal month is January. The certification period is January 1 through December 31, regardless of when a person is determined eligible. If a person remains eligible after renewal, the new MinnesotaCare certification period is January 1 through December 31.

The MinnesotaCare renewal process differs based on whether eligibility can be automatically renewed from electronic information available to the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) or whether a renewal form must be submitted.

Automatically Renewed

People who have their eligibility automatically renewed receive a notice that includes a summary of the information used to renew their eligibility. If all of the information is correct, the person does not need to do anything. If any of the information is inaccurate, the person must report any corrections or changes to their county, tribal or state servicing agency.

Need to Renew

People whose eligibility is not automatically renewed will receive a renewal form. They must review, make any changes or updates, sign and return the renewal form to their county, tribal or state servicing agency within 30 days from the issuance date on the renewal notice.

Consent to Use Federal Tax Information

Applicants have the option when completing the application to allow the use of income data from the Internal Revenue Service to renew eligibility. Applicants choose one of six options for authorizing automatic eligibility redeterminations:

  • Five years
  • Four years
  • Three years
  • Two years
  • One year
  • Do not use information from my tax returns to renew my coverage

When authorized by the applicant, eligibility is redetermined using information in the case file that can be verified through electronic data sources.

Late Renewals

If a person returns a completed renewal and any necessary proofs after the end of the certification period but within four months from the date eligibility ends, the county, tribal or state servicing agency must redetermine eligibility using the form as a new application. After the four-month reconsideration period, people must file a new application.

Legal Citations

Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 600.340
Minnesota Statutes, section 256L.05

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.