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Medical and Health Programs

Resources that help families cover medical and health expenses.

Minnesota health care programs include:

These programs may help pay for all or part of your health care costs if you:

  • Do not have insurance
  • Cannot get affordable health insurance through a job
  • Have a disability or chronic condition, and need help paying for care and services to stay in your home
  • Need help paying for care in a nursing home, hospital, or other medical facility
  • Have other insurance or Medicare, but need help paying the premiums, deductibles, and copays, or need services not covered

For assistance call 855-366-7873 or To apply online, go to the MNsure website, Minnesota’s online health insurance marketplace.

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
CHIP provides coverage to children from families with low- to moderate-incomes. Like Medicaid, it is jointly funded and administered by the state and the federal government. Children are able to receive routine check-ups, immunizations, dental care, prescription medications, and hospital care. You may qualify even if your children have turned down in the past.

Call 800-657-3629 for information. If your child is not enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program, contact your local county or tribal human services agency to apply.

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC)
C&TC is Minnesota’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program. It covers children from birth through age 20 who are enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. A visit often meets the health checkup requirements for school, Head Start, the Women, Infants & Children Program, child care, camps, and sports participation physicals. Be sure to take any forms you need to your appointment.

Need help finding a doctor or dentist, making an appointment, finding transportation, or an interpreter?

  • Call your county human services, public health or tribal health agency and talk to a Child and Teen Checkup staff person
  • If you receive care through a health plan, call your plan’s member services phone number, located on the back of your member card
  • For transportation under MinnesotaCare, call toll-free at 800-657-3672 or  651-297-3862 in the Twin Cities.


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