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Waivers and modifications

During the state COVID-19 peacetime emergency declared by Governor Tim Walz on March 13, 2020, the Minnesota Department of Human Services exercised emergency authority to flex requirements so that essential programs and services could continue safely and remain available and accessible. The flexibilities supported counties, Tribes, health plans and community partners in caring for Minnesotans throughout the peacetime emergency.

  • Governor Walz signed Emergency Executive Orders 20-12 and 20-11 on March 20, 2020.
  • Emergency Executive Order 20-12 directed the department to preserve access to human services programs by temporarily waiving or modifying rules and regulations during the peacetime emergency. Some of the changes under this order required federal approval.
  • Emergency Executive Order 20-11 directed the department to secure federal authority to continue human services programs during the peacetime emergency.
  • As part of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, the department also adopted several other temporary changes under its existing authority.

With the end of the state peacetime emergency on July 1, 2021, a number of waivers and modifications were allowed to remain in effect for up to 60 days for purposes of transitioning back to operating without the emergency changes. The 60-day transition period ended on Aug. 30, 2021. Other waivers and modifications not subject to the 60-day transition period may remain in effect in the manner and time period allowed under applicable legal authority.

For more information, please visit these links for reports about the waivers and modifications adopted temporarily during the COVID-19 peacetime emergency:

For counties, Tribes, managed care organizations, providers and other partners, ongoing information about program and service changes continue to be communicated separately. We also encourage anyone interested in human services programs to monitor the DHS website and DHS bulletins.

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