Who Medicaid and MinnesotaCare serve
Medicaid and MinnesotaCare provide essential health care to people all across Minnesota.
During the pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic from March 2020 to December 2021, enrollment in Medicaid and MinnesotaCare grew by a little more than 250,000 Minnesotans. Enrollment grew rapidly in 2020, as low-wage workers bore the brunt of the economic impacts of the pandemic. Enrollment growth began to level off in 2021.
Despite the economic impacts of the pandemic, application volumes for Medicaid and MinnesotaCare have consistently been lower by one-third to one-half of pre-pandemic levels. This is likely due to less churn occurring in the programs during the COVID-19 federal public health emergency. Maintenance of coverage requirements in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ensure most enrollees keep their coverage with limited exceptions through the federal public health emergency, without being required to go through a renewal or redetermination process. This means fewer enrollees lose coverage for failure to respond to a renewal notice or other notice and do not subsequently have to reapply for coverage, creating a new application after their case is closed. These maintenance of coverage provisions ensured that more Minnesotans did not have to worry about having health care coverage if they needed COVID-19 testing, treatment or vaccines, in addition to ensuring treatment and management of other health care conditions that put people at increased risk of serious complications associated with COVID-19.