Fee-for-service means your health care providers bill DHS for your health care services.
You will receive a Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) member ID card in the mail. Always carry it with you. Show your member ID card and all other types of health care cards (Medicare, private health insurance through an employer) to all health care providers.
To request a new ID card, call either:
Select Member ID Cards/Verification to see an example.
MHCP enrolls clinics, hospitals, pharmacies, doctors, dentists and many other health professionals. You must get care only from these enrolled providers or in-network providers. MHCP does not pay for services from non-enrolled or out-of-network providers.
There is limited coverage for services outside of Minnesota. Also, MHCP does not enroll providers located out of the United States. More details about coverage and limits are in the Benefits and services section below.
When you show the provider your member ID card and the provider delivers services, the provider sends the bill to MHCP for payment. MHCP sends you an explanation of benefits to show what was billed and any amounts you are responsible to pay for your services. The provider can then send you a bill requesting payment.
Use the MHCP Provider Directory to locate providers for the services you need.
If you need help finding a provider, contact the MHCP Member Help Desk. The phone numbers also are on the back of your MHCP member ID card.
MHCP covers health care services and items that are medically necessary. Some services and items may require prior authorization. You may have to pay a portion of the cost of some services.
Here's more information about your MA coverage benefits and costs:
Contact the MHCP Member Help Desk if you have questions about benefits or services.
You may receive a bill if MHCP does not cover the service you received. See the MHCP member evidence of coverage for people not enrolled in a health plan for more information about non-covered services.
Providers may bill you for services that are never covered by MHCP. They must first tell you that the service is not covered. They must have you sign one of the forms below before providing the service.
Retroactive coverage is when MHCP backdates the date your coverage begins. If retroactive coverage is approved, MHCP can pay for dates of service before coverage was approved.
Providers are not required to bill MHCP retroactively, however, many do.
To ask a provider to bill us for retroactive coverage dates:
Retroactive pharmacy expenses
To request reimbursement for pharmacy expenses, give your receipts and MHCP member ID card to the pharmacy where you purchased your medications. If the pharmacy bills us and receives payment, they must give you a refund. Some pharmacies have a company policy that they cannot give refunds after a certain amount of time.
All MHCP providers may send in claims for services up to a year after the date of service. You may need to speak to a store manager or contact the pharmacy's corporate headquarters for transactions that are over a few weeks old.
You can go to the doctor before you are sick. Going to the doctor before you are sick will help you stay healthy and keep you from getting sick. This is called preventive care.
MHCP covers preventive care. It includes tests and doctor visits that spot health issues before they become problems. These services include:
Consider going to only one clinic. This will help your doctor get to know you and your family. You will also get to know the doctor, nurses and other clinic staff. They will have your health history and keep your medical records in one place.
To make an appointment with your doctor:
Make an appointment with a doctor as soon as you know you are pregnant, or think you are pregnant. Doctors who take care of pregnant women are called obstetricians.
Look for in-network providers in the MHCP Provider Directory. Select Physician Services in the main menu. On the next page, select Obstetrics/Gynecology in the sub-type menu. You can narrow your search by clinic, your county or ZIP code, or other options.
Health care homes (HCH) or medical homes is a care coordination service for members who have complex and chronic medical conditions. HCHs help provide timely access to resources and care. The primary care provider, member and member's family work together to improve:
Examples of conditions that may qualify for HCH services include:
Talk to a HCH provider if you feel you may benefit from this service. Use the Minnesota Department of Health's clinician search tool to find a HCH provider near you.
Transportation and related travel services are covered when necessary for you to get a covered health service. This may include personal mileage reimbursement, bus or taxi fare, use of other common carrier transportation, volunteer drivers, meals, parking and lodging expenses.
We cannot guarantee rides to scheduled appointments with less than three business days' notice. MNET staff and county workers will do their best to arrange transportation for urgent care and appointments that the provider changed. MHCP cannot guarantee transportation to appointments without adequate notice.
Special transportation services are for people who need extra help getting to their appointments. Some members are unable to use buses, taxis or volunteer drivers because of physical or mental impairment. They need direct assistance getting into and out of vehicles, their home or pick-up location and the medical facility. These members must be certified to receive special transportation services.
If you need special transportation, contact MNET at 651-645-3982 or 866-467-1724. They will do a level-of-need assessment to see if you are eligible for special transportation. MHCP members certified for special transportation services must find and schedule their own rides directly with a special transportation provider.
It is important to understand the information your doctor gives you. If you do not speak the same language as your doctor, your clinic must provide a person to explain the information the doctor tells you in the language you speak. This person is called an interpreter. If you need an interpreter at your medical appointment, tell the person you talk to at the clinic. Your clinic may also be able to give you written information in your own language.
If you ask for an interpreter and your provider does not provide an interpreter, contact the MHCP Member Help Desk.
Notify the provider that you will need an interpreter for the appointment. Be sure you give the provider a reasonable amount of time to arrange for an interpreter.
All providers are required to provide language interpreter services for all patients who are deaf or hard of hearing or have limited English proficiency. Providers are responsible for arranging the interpreter service and paying the interpreter. They may bill us for the interpreter's services.
Hospital and clinics hire their own interpreters. If you have a concern or complaint about an interpreter, report it to the provider, clinic or hospital. Talk to the patient representative, the clinic director or hospital manager.
If you need more help with the concern, call the MHCP Member Help Desk.