Mental health advocates are concerned income eligibility paperwork sent to Medical Assistance recipients could present a challenge for people suffering from mental illness or disability. The letter, scheduled to go out between now and April 2020, must be returned within 10 days or the individual could lose benefits. Sue Abderholden with NAMI Minnesota says the quick turnaround could be another barrier for those already suffering.

“Inability to focus, be easily overwhelmed by a pile of mail. You could be hospitalized during this time. Housing insecurity so they have the wrong address.”

Abderholden says when you combine all those things:

“We are really worried that people will be cut off from their Medicaid that they need frankly to stay well in the community.”

Mental health advocates want to make sure that people who are on MA and their families are on the look-out for the letter.