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Paying for Needed Services

Disability Benefits 101, Health Care Coverage:  Explore many health coverage options, from public and private sources including:


  • Health Care in Minnesota 2014: Our nation’s health care system is changing. Learn how these changes will affect you. > More
  • Finding the Right Coverage For You: Explore the best health coverage options for you with this interactive tool. > More
  • Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage: Employer-sponsored health plans are private insurance that you can get through your job, your parent’s job, or your spouse’s job. > More
  • Buying Health Coverage on MNsure: Individual health plans are private insurance that you can buy for yourself and your family through MNsure. The government may help you pay for your plan if you cannot afford it. > More
  • Medicare: Medicare is a health insurance program for people who are elderly or disabled. > More
  • Medical Assistance (MA): Medical Assistance (MA) is public health coverage for people with low income. It now covers more people than ever before. > More
  • MA for People with Disabilities: There are more ways to qualify for Medical Assistance (MA) if you have a disability. > More
  • MA-EPD: If you’re working and have a disability, MA-EPD lets you pay a premium to keep your MA coverage. > More
  • MA-Waiver Programs: MA-Waiver programs help people with disabilities live in the community rather than in an institution. > More
  • MinnesotaCare: MinnesotaCare is public health coverage for lower-income individuals and families who are not eligible for Medical Assistance (MA). > More
  • Prescription Drug Coverage: There are a number of ways that you can get help paying for prescription drugs. > More
  • Program HH: Program HH provides services for Minnesotans living with HIV/AIDS who meet income guidelines. The program helps pay for the cost of drugs used to treat HIV and HIV-related conditions. > More
  • MCHA: MCHA is scheduled to close on December 31, 2014. Learn how to get new coverage. > More


Disability Benefits 101 Links:


Medical Assistance for Children with Special Health Care Needs or Disabilities (MA-TEFRA): Medical Assistance-TEFRA (MA-TEFRA) is for children with disabilities whose parents have too much income to qualify for other Minnesota Health Care Programs or who qualify but the cost would be too high, learn more here.

Bridge to Benefits, information about free or low cost health care, paying for child care, free or reduced-cost school meals, and money to help buy food:

Cuidadode Sauld: A Spanish web-site to help consumers take control of their health care: is an online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota identify resources such as human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of aid and assistance within Minnesota. It is especially rich in resource information for seniors and their caregivers; people with disabilities and their caregivers; parents and families; and low income people:

Firsthand Foundation accepts applications from anywhere in the world for assistance to assist with expenses related to treatments, equipment, costs associated with travel because of treatment and vehicle modifications.  Their web-site provides information on the funding criteria, financial guidelines, exepenses not covered and how to apply:

Organizations that Provide Information and Advocacy for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities: 


Family Voices of Minnesota:

The ARC of Minnesota, Advocacy and support for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families:, 770 Transfer Road, Suite 26, St. Paul, MN 55114, 651-523-0823 begin, (800) 582-5256

PACER Center, Inc., Information and advocacy for families about special education and other services for children with disabilities. 8161 Normandale Boulevard, Minneapolis, MN 55437-1044, (952) 838-9000

Community Parent Resource Center(Serving St. Paul area) discapacitados abriendose caminos 400 Southview Boulevard, South St. Paul, MN 55075, (612) 293-1748, E-mail:

Partners in Policymaking, Government Training Service 2233 University Avenue West, Suite 150, St. Paul, MN 55114 (651) 222-7409, ext. 205, Web:

Children with Special Health Needs Program at the Minnesota Department of Health: 85 East 7th Place, PO Box 64882, St. Paul, MN 55164-0882, (651) 201-3650, (800) 728-5420,

Bright Futures for Families is a national initiative for families and communities to promote and improve the health and well-being of children of all ages.  There are a number of materials and information on available on this site including the Family Pocket Guide: Raising Healthy Infants, Children and Adolescents The Family Pocket Guide covers: How to choose and work with a health care provider How your child grows from birth to age 21 What will happen at each health care visit What to expect when your child gets older and more

Minnesota Children’s Hospitals:


Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota:

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare:

Hennepin County Medical Center:

Shriners Hospital:

University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital: