Glossary of Terms: Insurance

Insurance (Health)

Medical Assistance (MA) is Minnesota’s Medicaid program.  Medicaid is a U.S. government program, jointly financed by federal and state funds.  It provides coverage for things like doctor visits, prescriptions, x-rays, and hospital stays for people of all ages who meet certain income and eligibility requirements.  Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.

Minnesota Care  is a publicly subsidized program for Minnesota residents who do not have access to affordable health care coverage. The program served an average of 148,000 people each month in state fiscal year 2011. It has been critical to helping people leave welfare and go to work without losing health care coverage. The program is funded by a state tax on Minnesota hospitals and health care providers, federal Medicaid matching funds and enrollee premiums.  Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.

Prepaid Medical Assistance Program (PMAP) is a health care program that pays for medical services for low-income families, children, pregnant women, and people who have disabilities in Minnesota. PMAP helps members get the care they need and includes coverage for hospital stays, physician services, rehabilitation services, and preventive care.   Contact your county Human Services office for information or an application.

Online application and forms:

For all Minnesota Health Plan Options you can  can apply online through ApplyMN or download/print the Minnesota Health Care Programs application.

Visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services web site for general information about health care programs, any associated costs and summary of coverage.





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