ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Human Services says the renewal period for people on public health insurance will be extended for those who had their cases closed.
The state said early Thursday that about 64,000 people were going to be dropped from public health insurance in Minnesota, mainly for failing to submit necessary paperwork. But hours later, they made an announcement about the extension.
DHS says about 134,500 Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare cases were up for renewal this month.
The DHS says renewal forms that were submitted near the Dec. 19 deadline may not have been processed quick enough to stop a closure notice from being sent to the enrollee.
Medical Assistance covers people with incomes at or below the poverty line while MinnesotaCare provides coverage for a slightly-higher income group.
The public health insurance programs provide coverage for about 1 million state residents.
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