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Subpart 1.

Notification to local agency.

A person or the person's authorized representative shall notify the local agency of the availability of third-party payer coverage at the time of application, at the time of an eligibility redetermination, and within ten days of a change in potential coverage.

Subp. 2.

Assignment of benefits.

All legally able medical assistance applicants and recipients shall assign to the department their rights and the rights of their dependent children to benefits from liable or potentially liable third-party payers. An applicant or recipient who refuses to assign to the department his or her own rights or those of any other person for whom he or she can legally make an assignment is ineligible for medical assistance. A person who is otherwise eligible for medical assistance shall not have his or her eligibility denied or delayed because he or she can not legally assign his or her own rights and the individual legally able to make the assignment refuses to assign the rights.

Subp. 3.

[Repealed, 26 SR 977]

Subp. 4.

[Repealed, 26 SR 977]

Subp. 5.

Good cause exemption.

Before requiring an individual to cooperate in obtaining medical care support or payments for other persons not covered by subpart 4, a local agency shall notify the individual that he or she may claim a good cause exemption from the requirements of subpart 3 at the time of application or at any subsequent time. When an individual submits a good cause claim in writing, the individual shall submit corroborative evidence of the good cause claims to the local agency within 20 days of submitting the claim. The local agency must send the claim and the corroborative evidence to the department and must stop action related to obtaining medical care support and payments.


Good cause exists when cooperation is against the best interests of the individual or other person to whom medical assistance is being furnished because it is anticipated that cooperation will result in reprisal against and cause physical or emotional harm to the individual or other person.


The local agency shall provide reasonable assistance to an individual who has difficulty getting the evidence to support a good cause claim. When a local agency or the department requires additional evidence to make a determination on the claim for good cause, the local agency or department shall notify the individual that additional evidence is required, explain why the additional evidence is required, identify what form this evidence might take, and specify an additional period that will be allowed to obtain it.


The department shall determine whether good cause exists based on the weight of the evidence.


When the department determines that good cause exists, the exemption from cooperation under subpart 3, must remain in effect for the period the person remains eligible under that application. A good cause exemption must be allowed under subsequent applications without additional evidence when the factors which led to the exemption continue to exist. A good cause exemption allowed under this subpart must end when the factors which led to allowing the exemption have changed.


When the department denies a claim for a good cause exemption and enforcement action resumes, the individual must submit additional evidence in support of any later claim for a good cause exemption before the department or local agency can again stop action to obtain medical care support or payments under subpart 3.


Following a determination that an individual has good cause for refusing to cooperate, a local agency and the department shall take no further action to obtain medical care support or payments until the good cause exemption ends under item D.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 256B.04; L 2000 c 340 s 17


11 SR 1069; 26 SR 977

Published Electronically:

October 16, 2013

Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes