Minnesota Medicaid Income Limits – 2021

The Medicaid Income Limit is the most important criteria for deciding whether you qualify for Medicaid in your state. In this post, we are going to explain in detail the Minnesota Medicaid Income Limits for 2021. In the state of Minnesota, Medicaid is also known as Medical Assistance (MA).

Based on this information, you will be able to determine whether your income qualifies you for Minnesota Medicaid or not.

However, before we get into details about the income limit, we will first explain the Medicaid program in Minnesota and how it works.

Next, we will discuss who is eligible for Medicaid, including how eligibility works for various categories, including Children, Pregnant Women, and Adults.

Finally, we will explain how to check if your income qualifies for Medicaid in Minnesota and how to apply.
To learn more, please keep reading this post below.
"Minnesota Medicaid Income Limits"

What is Medicaid?

Medicaid is a federal and state health insurance program for people with a low income.

It provides free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offers health coverage to children in families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid, but who can’t afford private coverage.

How Many People are on Medicaid?

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, as of November 2020, here are the number of people enrolled in Medicaid and Chip in the entire United States:

  • 78,521,263 individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP
  • 72,204,587 individuals were enrolled in Medicaid
  • 6,695,834 individuals were enrolled in CHIP

Minnesota Medicaid

The Minnesota Medicaid program provides medical coverage to low-income individuals and families.

As of 2020, the program, along with the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) covered 1.1 million people.

This includes 567,000 children as shown by the image below.

"Number of People on Medicaid in Minnesota"

In the state of Minnesota, the Minnesota Department of Human Services manages the Medicaid program.

Who Can Get Medicaid in Minnesota?

You should apply for Medicaid if your income is low and you match one of the descriptions below:

  • You think you are pregnant
  • The parent or caretaker of a child and/or teenager under the age of 19.
  • You are a child or teenager age 18 or under.
  • An adult age 65 or older.
  • You are legally blind.
  • Living with a disability or disabled.
  • You are in need of nursing home care.

Minnesota Medicaid Income Limit

The Minnesota Medicaid Income Limit is calculated as a percentage of the Federal Poverty Line.

To qualify, you must meet the Minnesota Medicaid Income limits listed below.

Here is the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) for 2021.

2021 Federal Poverty Levels for the 48 Contiguous States & D.C.
Household Size Poverty Guideline for 48 states & DC Alaska Hawaii
1 $12,880 $16,090 $14,820
2 $17,420 $21,770 $20,040
3 $21,960 $27,450 $25,260
4 $26,500 $33,130 $30,480
5 $31,040 $38,810 $35,700
6 $35,580 $44,490 $40,920
7 $40,120 $50,170 $46,140
8 $44,660 $55,850 $51,360
Over 8 people add $4,540 for each additional person $5,680 $5,220

Additionally, to be eligible for Medicaid, you cannot make more than the income guidelines outlined below:

  • Children up to age 1 with family income up to 283 percent of FPL
  • Any child age 1-5 with a family income up to 275 percent of FPL
  • Children ages 6- 18 with family income up to 275 percent of FPL
  • CHIP for children with family income up to 283 percent of FPL
  • Pregnant women with family income up to 278 percent of FPL
  • Parents of minor children with family income up to 133 percent of FPL
  • Individuals who are elderly, blind, and disabled with family income up to 100% of the FPL
  • Adults without dependents under Medicaid expansion with income up to 200% of the FPL

Minnesota Medicaid Income Limit Charts

The Minnesota Medicaid eligibility income limit charts are divided by groups.

For example, the first chart is focused on income limits for children who qualify for Medicaid.

Similarly, the second chart below focuses on the Medicaid income limits for adults in Minnesota who qualify for Medicaid.

Minnesota Medicaid Income Limit for Children 

Below is the income limit for children by age category. Find the age category your child falls into and you will see the income limit by household size.

Minnesota Medicaid Income Limit – Children
Children Medicaid Ages 0-1 Children Medicaid Ages 1-5 Children Medicaid Ages 6-18 Children Separate CHIP
% FPL 100% 283% 275% 275% 283%
Household Size
1 $12,880 $36,450 $35,420 $35,420 $36,450
2 $17,420 $49,299 $47,905 $47,905 $49,299
3 $21,960 $62,147 $60,390 $60,390 $62,147
4 $26,500 $74,995 $72,875 $72,875 $74,995
5 $31,040 $87,843 $85,360 $85,360 $87,843
6 $35,580 $100,691 $97,845 $97,845 $100,691
7 $40,120 $113,540 $110,330 $110,330 $113,540
8 $44,660 $126,388 $122,815 $122,815 $126,388

Next is the income limit for adults by category. Find the category you fall into and you will see the income limit by household size.

Minnesota has expanded Medicaid to include adults without dependents.

Therefore, adults without dependents can apply for Medicaid in Minnesota.

For an update on the Medicaid expansion debate and timeline in Minnesota, see our Minnesota Expansion update below.

Minnesota Medicaid Income Limit for Adults

Minnesota Medicaid Income Limit – Adults
Pregnant Women Medicaid Adults (Medicaid) Parent/ Caretaker Seniors & People w/ Disabilities (Medicaid) Adults (Medicaid) Expansion to Adults
% FPL 100% 278% 133% 100% 200%
Household Size
1 $12,880 $35,806 $17,130 $12,880 $25,760
2 $17,420 $48,428 $23,169 $17,420 $34,840
3 $21,960 $61,049 $29,207 $21,960 $43,920
4 $26,500 $73,670 $35,245 $26,500 $53,000
5 $31,040 $86,291 $41,283 $31,040 $62,080
6 $35,580 $98,912 $47,321 $35,580 $71,160
7 $40,120 $111,534 $53,360 $40,120 $80,240
8 $44,660 $124,155 $59,398 $44,660 $89,320

How to Read the Minnesota Medicaid Income Limits Charts Above

You cannot have an income higher than the Federal Poverty Level percentage described for your group to be eligible for Medicaid.

Similarly, when you identify the income group that applies to you, the income limit you see refers to the maximum level of income you can earn to qualify for benefits.

For example, if you are pregnant, to qualify for Medicaid, you cannot have an income higher than 278% of the Federal Poverty Level – which for a family of two is  $48,428 as shown in the chart above.

How to Apply for Minnesota Medicaid

There are 3 ways you can apply for Medicaid in Minnesota.

Option 1 – Apply online

You can apply online through the MNsure Portal – as shown in the image below.

If you have an account, you can log in or create your MNsure Account. Click here to be taken to the website.

Option 2 – Apply at DHS Office Near You

You can apply in person at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) office near you. Click here to locate a DHS office.

Option 3 – Download Application

You can download an application, complete it, and mail it to your county DHS office or submit it in person.

If you cannot print out the application, you can get one from your county or tribal DHS office or call 651-431-2670 or 800-657-3739 and ask to have one mailed to you.

"Apply for Minnesota Medicaid Online"

Minnesota Medicaid Phone Number

Here’s how to contact the Minnesota Medicaid Agency:

For more information contact the Minnesota Health Information Clearinghouse:

By telephone:
(651) 201-5178 or (800) 657-3793

By email:
health.clearinghouse@state.mn.us

By fax:
(651) 201-5186

Minnesota Medicaid Expansion Update

In February 2013, then-Governor Mark Dayton signed HF9, a bill that expanded access to Minnesota’s Medicaid program under the ACA.

In addition to Minnesota Medicaid, the state supports Minnesota Care (MNCare) for residents with incomes above 138 percent of poverty, up to 200 percent of poverty.

As of January 2015, MinnesotaCare transitioned to a Basic Health Program under the ACA.

MinnesotaCare and Medicaid coverage is provided by managed care organizations and county-based purchasing plans.

Minnesota Medicaid Income Limits Summary

We hope this post on Minnesota Medicaid Income Limits was helpful to you.

If you have any questions about Medicaid in the state of Minnesota, you can ask us in the comments section below.

Help us spread the word! If you found this post on Minnesota Medicaid Income Limits helpful, help us spread the word by sharing it using the “Share this” button below.

Be sure to check out our other articles about Medicaid.
Income limits for Florida Medicaid
Alabama Medicaid Income Limits and How to Apply
Alaska Medicaid Income Limits and Chart
Mississippi Medicaid Income Chart