State health care information for the criminal justice system

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For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.

Basic Information on Health Reform in Minnesota

Minnesota has expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults.[i]  Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in Minnesota.[ii]

Health Insurance Exchange Information:  Minnesota is operating a State-based Marketplace. Visit MNSure to compare health insurance plans that can be purchased on the exchange and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that may apply.

Eligibility and Enrollment: People in Minnesota can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 15th of each year and extends through February 15th.  If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are two ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and to apply for or enroll in these benefits:

1) They can use Minnesota’s online application for free or low cost health benefits.

2) They can get free, in-person help.[iii]

 

Minnesota Medicaid and Health Insurance Links

Link to the state Medicaid agency website to find out more about Medicaid and for application forms to download and print[iv]

Link to important contact information the Medicaid helpline number (855-366-7873; TTY service: 711 or 800-627-3529) [v]

Link to the location contact information for the nearest district Medicaid office[vi]

Link to a summary of Minnesota’s basic eligibility guidelines[vii]

Link information on to Minnesota’s Medicaid State Plan[viii]

In Minnesota, benefits covered are the same for the traditionally eligible Medicaid population and the Medicaid expansion population under the ACA.  Link to a summary of covered services[ix]

Link to contact information for the state Medicaid director[x]

Link to the Medicaid provider manual[xi]

 

Where do you apply for coverage on Minnesota’s health insurance exchange? Visit MNSure[xii]

Where can you find help enrolling and answers to questions? Link to enrollment help or phone the Minnesota Health Exchange Call Center (1-855-366-7873, Mon.-Fri. 8 am-8 pm, Sat& Sun. 8 am – 4:30 pm) [xiii]

 

State Health Information

How many people in Minnesota are eligible to participate?  According to the Kaiser Foundation State specific data, in 2013, 67% of Minnesota’s uninsured population is eligible to participate. The total number of potential marketplace participants is 275,000.[xiv]

How many are enrolled so far? 43,651 have selected a plan as of January 2015.

How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 57% (213,000) of Minnesota’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid; 188,000 of them are adults, as of November 2014.[xv]

Is Minnesota a Medicaid health home state? No.[xvi]

Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature?

House: Rep.Tara Mack (R-District: 57A) chairs the Health and Human Services Reform and the Health and Human Services Finance committee.

Senate: Sen. Kathy Sheran (DFL-District 19) chairs the Health, Human Services and Housing Committee. [xvii]

 

Other Related Information and Links for Minnesota

Link to information on the Minnesota Department of Corrections[xviii]

Link to Minnesota’s substance abuse services[xix]

Link to Minnesota’s mental health services[xx]

Link to the Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs or Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery & Chemical Health to get information about Minnesota’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers

 

General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform

Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:

Link to specific health data and insurance coverage information for Minnesota [xxi]

Link to a calculator for possible subsidies available to people who purchase coverage on the exchanges [xxii]

Link to information about health insurance exchanges in each state [xxiii]

 

Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:

InsureKidsNow.gov offers general information on the CHIP program.[xxiv]

Healthcare.gov offers links to local enrollment help and information on coverage for incarcerated people and answers to questions about health benefits.[xxv]

Medicaid.gov offers general information on the Medicaid program and a breakdown of mandatory benefits all plans must include. [xxvi]

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xxvii]

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xxviii]

SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xxix]

 

Click here to return to the map of state profiles: state-by-state healthcare profile map

 

[i] See Medicaid.gov, Medicaid by Sate, Minnesota, last viewed at November 16, 2014, at 12:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/by-state/Minnesota.html.

[ii] See id.

[iii] See MNsure.com, last viewed at November 16, 2014, at 2:18 p.m., http://www.mnsure.org.

[iv] See Minnesota.gov, Department of Human Services, last viewed at November 16, 2014, at 2:38 p.m. : http://www.mnsure.org.

[v] See Minnesota Department of Human Services, last viewed at November 16, 2014, at 2:43 p.m, http://mn.gov/dhs/.

[vi] See Minnesota Department of Human Services, County and regional offices and county and tribal human services agencies, last viewed at November 16,  2014, at 2:53 p.m., http://gateway.Minnesota.gov/dhhs-apps/office_finder/, (provides Minnesota DHHS district office locations).

[vii] See Medicaid.gov, State information, Minnesota, last viewed at November 16, 2014, at 4:28 p.m.:  http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-State/minnesota.html.

[viii] See Medicaid.gov, State Resources, Medicaid State Plan Amendments, last viewed at November 16, 2014, at 4:30 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/State-Resource-Center/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments/Medicaid-State-Plan-Amendments.html?filterBy=Minnesota, (Provides State Plan Amendments and Summaries).

[ix] See Minnesota Department of Human Services, last viewed at November 16, 2014, at 3:10 p.m., http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=id_006921.

[x] See Minnesota Department of Human Services, Organization Management, last viewed at November 16, 2014, at 3:17 p.m., http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=id_000261.

[xi] See Minnesota Department of Human Services, Health Care Programs and Services Overview, last viewed at November 16, 2014, at 3:19 p.m., http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=id_008922.

[xii] See HealthCAre.gov, Find Out If You Qualify For Medicare And Chip, last viewed at November 9, 2014, at 12:32 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/eligibility/.

[xiii]See HealthCare.gov, Get Answers, last viewed at November 9, 2014, at 12:36 p.m., https://www.healthcare.gov/get-answers/.

[xiv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, November 9, 2014, at 12:27 p.m. http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/?state=ME.

[xv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed at November 10, 2014, at 12:50 p.m., http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-Minnesota/.

[xvi] See, Minnesota Health Home State Plan Amendment, last viewed at November 9, 2014, at 12:44 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/medicaid-state-plan-amendments/downloads/me/me-12-004-att.pdf.

[xvii] See Joint Standing Committee on Health and Human Services, last viewed at November 9, 2014, at 12:53 p.m., http://www.Minnesota.gov/legis/house/jt_com/hum.htm

[xviii] See Minnesota.Gov, Department of Corrections, last viewed at November 3, 2014, at 5:12 p.m., http://www.state.me.us/corrections/

[xix] See Minnesota.Gov, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, last viewed at November 3, 2014, at 5:15 p.m., http://www.Minnesota.gov/dhhs/samhs/osa/

[xx] See Supra at 19.

[xxi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=MN.

[xxii]  See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxiii]   See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.

[xxiv]   See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.

[xxv]  See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.

[xxvi] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.

[xxvii] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.

xxix  See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx

xxx See SAMHSA N-SSATS last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:45 p.m.: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/substance-abuse-facilities-data-nssats.

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