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Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC) for People with Disabilities

Program overview

Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC) is a voluntary managed care program for people with disabilities ages 18 through 64 who have Medical Assistance (MA). Enrollees may have a care coordinator or navigator to help them get health care and support services. Some SNBC health plans coordinate with other payers, including Medicare Parts A, B and D for enrollees who have that coverage. Some health plans are contracted with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to integrate Medicare and Medicaid (Medical Assistance) benefit sets.

People with disabilities who meet the age criteria and have MA fee-for-service (FFS) coverage receive a letter (DHS-6451A) (PDF) from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) asking them to enroll in an SNBC health plan. Some people may not get a letter because they are excluded from enrolling in a health plan and will continue to get their coverage through FFS.

Anyone can choose to not enroll and to stay in fee-for-service coverage. If DHS does not receive the SNBC Choice Form (DHS-6451) (PDF) by the deadline, the person will automatically be enrolled in SNBC. People can choose to change their health plan (if more than one health plan is available in their county) or disenroll for the next available month. The health plans that are under contract with DHS administer SNBC. It is available in all 87 counties (DHS-5218) (PDF).

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