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Frequently asked questions about the temporary 8.4 percent rate/budget increase during COVID-19

Recent legislation passed by the state legislature temporarily increased funding for direct support services. (Minnesota Session Laws, 2020, 5th Special Session, Chapter 3, Article 10, Section 4)  With this action, the legislature recognized the important role of direct support workers who assist people with disabilities and older adults and their critical nature of their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The legislature directed employers to use at least 80% of the increased funding to increase the wages and benefits for direct support workers who provide these critical services during these extraordinary times.  The change also allows some of the funding to ensure direct support workers have the personal protective equipment they need to stay safe as they continue to provide these vital supports.

The increase will apply from Dec. 1, 2020 through Feb. 7, 2021.

Refer to the following questions/answers for more information on the increase. DHS will update this page to respond to additional questions. If you have questions, email


Personal care assistance (PCA) services


Managed care organization

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