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.

Social Security Number

The Department of Human Services (DHS) uses Social Security numbers (SSNs) to identify applicants and enrollees and to administer MinnesotaCare. DHS matches SSNs against records in electronic data sources to identify and verify household income and household size based on the most recent tax return filed by the household tax filer.

All people seeking MinnesotaCare must provide an SSN if they have one.

A person who is not applying for coverage cannot be required to provide an SSN.


Each applicant’s SSN must be verified with the Social Security Administration (SSA). If an applicant cannot recall his or her SSN, the county, tribal or state servicing agency must assist the applicant in:

  • Contacting the SSA to confirm the applicant’s SSN if one has already been issued, or
  • Resolving discrepancies in the case file that are preventing successful electronic verification.

Eligibility cannot be delayed for an otherwise eligible applicant pending the verification of an SSN. A notice must be sent to the person to inform them that they have 95 days from the date of the notice to resolve an inconsistency.

A newly issued or corrected SSN must be electronically verified with the SSA. Electronic verification is ultimately required to verify a person’s SSN.

MinnesotaCare is ended with 10-day advance notice if after the 95-day period the enrollee fails to cooperate with the SSN verification process.

Legal Citations

Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 155.305
Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 155.310
Code of Federal Regulations, title 45, section 155.315
Minnesota Statutes, section 256L.04

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.