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256B.08 APPLICATION.
    Subdivision 1. Application process. An applicant for medical assistance, or a person acting
in the applicant's behalf, shall file an application with a local agency in the manner and form
prescribed by the state agency. When a married applicant resides in a nursing home or applies
for medical assistance for nursing home services, the local agency shall consider an application
on behalf of the applicant's spouse only upon specific request of the applicant or upon specific
request of the spouse and separate filing of an application.
    Subd. 2. Expedited review for pregnant women. A pregnant woman who may be eligible
for assistance under section 256B.055, subdivision 1, must receive an appointment for eligibility
determination no later than five working days from the date of her request for assistance from
the local agency. The local agency shall expedite processing her application for assistance and
shall make a determination of eligibility on a completed application no later than ten working
days following the applicant's initial appointment. The local agency shall assist the applicant to
provide all necessary information and documentation in order to process the application within
the time period required under this subdivision. The state agency shall provide for the placement
of applications for medical assistance in eligible provider offices, community health offices, and
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program sites.
    Subd. 3. Outreach locations. The local agency must establish locations, other than those
used to process applications for cash assistance, to receive and perform initial processing of
applications for pregnant women and children who want medical assistance only. At a minimum,
these locations must be in federally qualified health centers and in hospitals that receive
disproportionate share adjustments under section 256.969, subdivision 8, except that hospitals
located outside of this state that receive the disproportionate share adjustment are not included.
Initial processing of the application need not include a final determination of eligibility. Local
agencies shall designate a person or persons within the agency who will receive the applications
taken at an outreach location and the local agency will be responsible for timely determination of
eligibility.
History: Ex1967 c 16 s 8; 1Sp1981 c 2 s 15; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 689 art 2 s 146,268;
1991 c 292 art 4 s 50