Monday, May 5, 2008

What about some Answers?

We have been talking a lot about the problem of being uninsured and in your twenties, but what about some solutions to this growing problem. I was talking about this project with a co-worker who mentioned a program for young and uninsured Minnesotans. I also heard Dr. Vener mention this program in our interview.

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Minnesota Care is a joint federal-state program that "provides subsidized health coverage to eligible Minnesotans." To qualify people must meet income limits and satisfy other requirements related to residency and lack of access to health insurance.
Children and parents, legal guardians, foster parents, or relative caretakers residing in the same household are eligible for Minnesota Care, if their total household income does not exceed 275 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

So that means, if you live with your mom and dad, you just graduated college and you no longer qualify for their plan- your total income (all three of you) would have to be less than $48,400 per year. While Minnesota Care is one option, many 20-somethings already fail to meet this first requirement...and there are more.

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Check out the link from the Minnesota House of Representatives, Research Department about Minnesota Care.

Below are a few links about the Minnesota Care health insurance program.

Hope this provides some answers.
-Randi L. Niklekaj

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