DHS News Release – Minnesota ends Medical Assistance fees paid by many parents of children with disabilities

Contact: For media inquiries only Scott Peterson Communications 651-392-7223 [email protected] Many parents of children with disabilities no longer have to […]

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Scott Peterson

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Many parents of children with disabilities no longer have to pay fees for their children’s Medical Assistance health insurance.

The Department of Human Services has stopped requiring parents to pay monthly fees for children with disabilities who get their Medical Assistance coverage through the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act option, known as TEFRA, or through assessments for Home and Community Based Services.

Earlier this year, the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Tim Walz approved legislation to eliminate parental fees for children covered through the TEFRA option and Home and Community Based Services. The change took effect in July.

“This is great news for Minnesota families,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “It’s a positive example of the state coming together to look out for the parents of people with disabilities.”

Parental fees were assessed on a sliding fee scale based on family income, so actual savings vary depending on the family. While parental fees for the TEFRA option and Home and Community Based Services were eliminated, some other parental fees continue based on specific factors such as certain out-of-home placements.

For questions about the fee exceptions, contact the Minnesota DHS Parental Fee Unit at 651-431-3806 or 800-657-3751.

For more information about parental fees for children on Medical Assistance:
https://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/people-with-disabilities/health-care/health-care-programs/programs-and-services/parental-fees.jsp

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