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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)


Governor’s Executive Orders create flexibility to serve vulnerable Minnesotans during COVID-19 pandemic: Governor Tim Walz granted the Minnesota Department of Human Services emergency temporary authority to change administrative and regulatory requirements for food assistance, home care, public health care and other state programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Find a complete list of temporary waivers and program modifications.

Some changes to public services programs are necessary to protect you and your case workers during the pandemic and to provide for a greater number of people. Read about the changes.

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Latest news

First COVID-19 Public Health Support Funds for Child Care payments in process
DHS has notified Minnesota child care providers who are eligible for funds to help offset the cost of meeting COVID-19 health and safety requirements that their first payments are being processed.

DHS is facilitating behavioral health providers' access to relief funds
The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors are working with SAMHSA to improve opportunities for mental health and substance use disorder providers to access pandemic relief funds. DHS is assisting the process.

HHS extends deadline to apply for provider relief funds to Aug. 3
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the deadline to apply for distributions from the Provider Relief Fund to Aug. 3. We encourage providers to apply even if they are not sure they are eligible. 

Providers can get reimbursed for treating uninsured COVID-19 patients
Providers who treated patients with the coronavirus who didn’t have any insurance and were not in Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) can get reimbursed by HHS. Deadlines for the program are extended because funds are still available, but only for a limited time. We encourage providers to submit claims.

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COVID-19 reporting at DHS-operated treatment facilities

DHS must report to the Minnesota Department of Health any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among patients, clients and staff in DHS-operated treatment facilities. View current reports


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