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Reminder and Key Information about MinnesotaCare Eligibility for DACA Grantees

2/17/2017 9:30:07 AM

Beginning January 1, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) started providing MinnesotaCare coverage to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) grantees who meet all MinnesotaCare eligibility requirements.

Please review these key points about MinnesotaCare eligibility for DACA grantees:

  • DACA grantees who want to apply for MinnesotaCare must use the DHS-6696, Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs.
  • Only Health Care Eligibility and Operations (HCEO) staff are processing applications identified as applications for MinnesotaCare by DACA grantees.
  • A DACA grantee applying for MinnesotaCare should write “DACA” at the top of the application cover.
  • Under the question that asks for immigration status, the DACA grantee should write code “O.” The person should answer other questions in this section of the application relevant to his or her DACA status.
  • If HCEO receives an application in which an applicant is a DACA grantee and the applicant has not followed the instructions in one of the two bullets immediately above, HCEO will confirm with the applicant that he or she is in fact applying for MinnesotaCare.
  • DACA grantees may meet eligibility requirements for Emergency Medical Assistance (EMA) and can have coverage for EMA and MinnesotaCare at the same time. The EMA request will be processed, and if the applicant has followed the steps above indicating he or she also wants to apply for ongoing MinnesotaCare, the application will be forwarded to HCEO so coverage can be coordinated.
  • Please direct phone calls about MinnesotaCare for DACA grantees to HCEO.

Please submit completed applications and requested verifications from DACA grantees to DHS by fax or mail for processing:

  • fax number: 651-431-7579
  • mailing address:
    Minnesota Department of Human Services
    PO Box 64839
    St. Paul, MN 55164-0839

Please see the following bulletin and web page for more information:


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