In early 2020, states stopped their regular process of checking whether people with Medicaid (called Medical Assistance in Minnesota) continued to qualify for it. Instead, Medical Assistance was automatically renewed under the “continuous coverage requirement." This helped ensure millions of Americans could keep getting critical health care during COVID-19.
Now, in 2023, Minnesota (and all other states) will resume checking Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare eligibility. This process is called a renewal.
If you currently have a Medical Assistance (MA) or MinnesotaCare plan, you’ll be affected by the renewal process. You may need to show you continue to qualify for your health insurance plan. If you don’t qualify anymore, don’t worry – you’ll still have options so you can continue to get health insurance.
How Medical Assistance renewals will work
1. Make sure your contact information is up to date
When it’s time for your renewal, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) will mail information to you. So if you’ve moved in the past three years, make sure your latest address, phone number and email address are on file.
2. Watch for your renewal packet in the mail
About one to two months before your Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare health insurance plan expires, you’ll get a renewal packet in the mail. Your renewal packet will explain whether your plan can be automatically renewed or not.
- If your plan can be automatically renewed, make sure the information DHS has listed is accurate. You don’t need to do anything else.
- If your plan can’t be automatically renewed, you’ll need to complete and return the enclosed renewal form.
3. If your renewal packet contains a renewal form, fill out the renewal form completely and return it quickly
Your renewal form will be due about one month before your Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare expires.
- You’ll be asked questions about your family size, income and other important information. You may also be asked to provide proof for some of your responses.
- Once you’ve completed the renewal form, send it and any requested proofs to the address listed by the due date listed. Don’t forget to sign the form.
- If your form isn’t signed or complete, or you don’t include all proofs requested, it’ll take longer for your renewal to be processed.
4. Wait for the results of your renewal
DHS will review the information in your renewal packet to determine if you’re still eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. You’ll get the results of your renewal in the mail.
- If you’re still eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, your health insurance coverage will continue. Your eligibility is subject to renewal every year.
- If you’re no longer eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, your health insurance coverage will end on the date DHS indicates. But you’ll qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) so you can replace your health insurance.
We’re here to help you find a new HealthPartners plan that fits your budget.
You may also be able to enroll in group insurance offered by your employer. Check with your HR department.
Need help or have questions?
We know all this can be confusing. But we're here to assist you:
- If you currently have Medical Assistance (MA) or MinnesotaCare through HealthPartners, please call Member Services at
- If you need help looking at new health insurance plans for you or your family, please contact our sales team at
It’s our job to make sure you have the information you need so you can make informed decisions.
For more information on Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare renewals and redeterminations, visit the