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Waivers and modifications

Under the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-12, the Minnesota Department of Human Services has temporary authority to waive or modify requirements so that Minnesotans can continue to access essential programs and services safely and without undue delay during the COVID-19 pandemic.The department authorized the flexibilities listed on this page to support counties, tribes, health plans and community partners in caring for Minnesotans throughout the COVID-19 peacetime emergency.

Below are all waivers and modifications currently in effect, and those that have expired. A state law that took effect on June 24, 2020, specifies when waivers and modifications will expire. Some are subject to federal authority. Others remain in effect until certain dates as determined by state law (see Laws of Minnesota 2020, 1st special session, chapter 7). The department has flexibility to keep the remaining waivers in effect for no more than 60 days after the end of the peacetime emergency. 

This list will be updated as necessary. Check this site regularly for new developments, and keep providing feedback and ideas to help us make a difference together. Operational instructions for counties, tribes, managed care organizations and providers related to these changes are communicated separately. We encourage you to monitor the DHS website and DHS bulletins.

Important dates

  • Current Minnesota peacetime emergency order expires 3/15/2021
  • Current federal health emergency order expires 4/21/2021

Specific ending dates for some waivers are listed in the “Expiration date” column.

The ending date for some waivers is linked to the end of the state or federal emergency. For these waivers, the current projected expiration date is listed in the table below. More detail on how projected expiration dates are calculated is at the bottom of this page. 

Some waivers have more than one expiration date, as shown in the table below.

Category key

Code Category
EO 20-12 Waivers under peacetime emergency authority - Executive Order 20-12
EO 20-11: Approved Federal waivers requested under peacetime emergency authority - Executive Order 20-11
EO 20-12: Approved Waivers under peacetime emergency authority - Executive Order 20-12: Federal Medicaid and MinnesotaCare approvals received
EO 20-12: Pending Waivers under peacetime emergency authority - Executive Order 20-12: Pending federal approval
Existing authority Changes under existing authority

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Here’s how projected expiration dates are calculated:

  • Some waivers expire when the state peacetime emergency ends. The governor’s most recent emergency order is in effect until 3/15/2021.
  • Some waivers may remain in effect for up to a 60-day transition period after the state peacetime emergency ends. Under the governor’s most recent emergency order, the 60-day period would last until 5/14/2021.
  • One waiver remains in effect until the last day of the quarter in which the federal public health emergency expires. Under the most recent federal health emergency order, that date would be 6/30/2021.
  • One waiver remains in effect until the last day of the month in which the federal public health emergency expires. Under the most recent federal health emergency order, that date would be 4/30/2021.
  • Some waivers may remain in effect after the state peacetime emergency ends, for the period set out in federal law or for the period set out in any applicable federally approved waiver and/or state plan amendment, whichever is later. At this point, the table does not list expiration dates for these waivers.
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