Former MinnesotaCare members should watch their mailboxes in coming weeks for a possible refund from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. DHS will begin sending letters and making calls to those affected this week.
DHS discovered that some former MinnesotaCare members continued to automatically pay their premiums online after their cases had been closed and that refunds were not issued. A workaround has been put into place to catch new cases impacted and immediately fix errors.
The department will issue $1.8 million in refunds to approximately 24,800 individuals, with the majority of refunds totaling $250 or less. These refunds result from premium payments made by former MinnesotaCare members and never involved state budget dollars.