Medical Assistance (MA) is Minnesota’s version of the federal program Medicaid.
There are a variety of benefits available through MA, that are not generally available through employer-based health care plans, making MA a good option for individuals with disabilities. To qualify for MA based on a disability, an individual must be certified as disabled by the the State Medical Review Team (SMRT). Once an individual is certified as disabled by the SMRT, then they are eligible for MA benefits through their county of residence.
The cost of MA to an individual with a disability depends on a number of factors, including the individual’s age, family size, and income. For a children with disabilities, MA assesses a Parental Fee based on the parents’ family size and income. Here is a link to Minnesota’s Parental Fee Estimator: pfestimator.dhs.mn.gov
We are available to assist you at every step of the process from the initial application, the in-home waiver assessment, and even MA appeals if you feel that the county has made the wrong decision.
MA covers a broad range of medical services, including doctor visits, ER services, eye glasses, hospital services, lab services, urgent care, prescription medications, labs and x-rays, and chiropractor care. MA will also cover Personal Care Assistant (PCA) services.
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