Twin Cities Children’s Hospitals:

Children’s Hospitals and Clinics

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare  

Shriners Hospitals

University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

Washington County Hospitals:

Lakeview Hospital (Stillwater)

Regina Medical Center (Hastings)

Woodwinds Health Campus (Woodbury)


Minnesota Health Reform

From the Department of Health (MDH):  Minnesota is currently involved in both state and federal health reform efforts.  MDH is committed to the health reform goals of better health care, lower costs, and healthier communities.  MDH has several initiatives related to Minnesota's own health care reform law passed in 2008 and the federal Affordable Care Act passed in 2010.  You can find the link here.

Some of the features you will find:

  • Consumer Resources
  • Provider Resources
  • MDH Reform Efforts
  • Helpful links

Frequently asked questions about Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) and MNsure

Need help? 

The Arc Greater Twin Cities has advocates certified as navigators to help explain how the Affordable Health Care Act affects those who have a family member with I/DD and can answer MNSure questions as well. 


United Healthcare Children's Foundation Grants provide financial help/assistance for families with children that have medical needs not covered or fully covered by their commercial healthcare plan.

Private Insurance

Benefits vary depending on the plan. Refer to your plan or contact your provider for information on coverage. Because of National Health Care Reform legislation, since October 2010, children up to the age of 26 must be allowed to stay on a family insurance policy unless they are eligible for their own employer-based health coverage. Children also cannot be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition. Dependent children with disabilities that are over age 26 may be able to remain on the family policy – contact the insurance provider for specifics on your individual policy.

Referrals – A referral is a recommendation from your child’s primary doctor to see a medical specialist or therapist. Some insurance plans require a referral.  For more information: Referrals and Physicians Networks FAQ – MN Department of Health

Public Health Insurance

Publicly funded Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) pay for services after they have been denied by private insurance.

Medical Assistance (MA)*

Medical Assistance (MA) is a health care program that pays for medical care for eligible low-income Minnesotans and certain individuals with disabilities. It is Minnesota’s name for Medicaid. MA will pay for medical bills up to three months prior to the application date, if you would have qualified at that time. MA may require co-pays for some types of medical visits, and you may have to pay some health care costs before MA will pay (a spenddown).


TEFRA provides Medical Assistance (MA) benefits for children with disabilities (under age 19) who would not qualify under MA due to their parents’ income being too high. Eligibility is based on the child’s income, and parental fees may apply.

MinnesotaCare (MCRE)*

MinnesotaCare is a health insurance program for persons with lower incomes who are uninsured or do not have access to affordable health care coverage through an employer. It is a possibility for individuals whose income is too high to qualify for Medical Assistance. Eligible individuals pay a reduced-cost premium each month.

Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD)*

 MA-EPD is a work incentive program for people with disabilities (ages 16-65). MA-EPD allows workers with disabilities to qualify for MA under higher income and asset limits than standard MA.

 *See section on Financial Resources for more information on publicly funded health care programs.