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Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS)

Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC)

540 Cedar St, St. Paul, MN, 55155

Distance: 1033 Miles

(651) 431-2516


Service Details


Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC) is a voluntary managed care program for people with disabilities ages 18 through 64 who have Medical Assistance (MA). Enrollees may have a care coordinator or navigator to help them get health care services.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) works with health care companies to offer the program. The plan covers primary, behavioral health, dental, and specialty care.

People can be in a Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC) plan and still get some services on a fee-for-service basis, including:
* Personal Care Assistance (PCA)
* Home and Community Based Waiver Services
* Home Care Nursing (HCN)

For more information about SNBC, see:
* Program overview
* Guide to Special Needs BasicCare (SNBC) Enrollment
* Plan comparisons
* Map showing plan choices for each county


  • Payment
    • Medicaid (Medical Assistance) 
  • Specialization
    • Adults with disabilities 


Who can enroll:
* Adults ages 18 through 64 who are on:
- Medical Assistance (MA) or Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD)
- Certified as blind or disabled by the Social Security Administration, State Medical Review Team (SMRT) or certified as eligible for Developmental Disability waiver services as decided by the county

Participants must have Medical Assistance (MA) and either no Medicare, or both Medicare Parts A and B.

Information for people with spenddowns:
* People who live in the community and have a medical spenddown cannot enroll in SNBC.
* People with SNBC who get a medical spenddown after enrollment can stay in their plan.
- They pay the medical spenddown to DHS.
* People with an institutional spenddown are eligible to enroll in SNBC.
- They still pay the institutional spenddown to their facility.
- More information

Eligible people can choose to:
* Enroll at any time
* Not enroll (opt out) and stay in fee-for-service MA or families and children managed health care programs
* Disenroll and return to fee-for service MA or families and children managed health care programs starting at the end of the month

Application Instructions

Eligible people will get an enrollment package with a plan choice form in the mail.
They can:
* Do nothing and let DHS pick a plan for them
- If there is more than one plan offered in the county, they mark a choice of plan and send the form in the return envelope
* Opt out by signing and sending in the opt out letter

The letter will show the last day to enroll or opt out. Automatic enrollment happens if nothing is heard by the deadline.
Enrollees can choose to change their plan or disenroll for the next available month.
People who have opted out in the past may contact their county or tribe to enroll in a plan.

Disability Hub MN can help people to understand their options, compare plans, enroll or opt out. They can also help to disenroll (get out of a plan) or to change plans. Call them at: (866) 333-2466


There is no fee to join a plan. People who have Medical Assistance for Employed Persons with Disabilities (MA-EPD) must continue to pay their monthly premium.

Co-payments (copays):
* Participants have no copays for MA-covered medications or services
* Participants will continue to pay copays for Medicare Drug Plan (Part D) covered drugs

Business Hours

8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday

Area Served

State of Minnesota


Phone Numbers

Type Number Hours
Main - DHS Information Desk (651) 431-2000
Speech-to-Speech relay (877) 627-3848
TTY (800) 627-3529

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