Welcome to Bridge to Benefits

This updated site was updated on January 1, 2014. Learn more about site changes.
Bridge to Benefits is a multi-state project by Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota to improve the well-being of families and individuals by linking them to public work support programs and tax credits. By answering a few simple questions, you will be able to see if you or someone else may be eligible for public work support programs. We will NOT ask you for information that identifies you. 
It's easy, confidential and free!

NOTE: This screening tool does not determine eligibility. It is only a guideline. After using this screening tool, you must apply to each program to be sure your are eligible.


Open enrollment for private insurance ends March 31

Open enrollment for private insurance ends on March 31. However, you can apply and enroll in Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare throughout the year. You also can enroll in private insurance if you have a qualifying life event such as marriage, birth of a child or loss of qualifying health coverage. Read more about the enrollment deadline, how you will be eligible if you made an attempt to enroll and the penalty for going without insurance.

Energy Assistance income eligibility expanded

As of February 4, 2014, Governor Dayton has ordered Minnesota's EAP to use 60% of State Median Income (SMI) to determine eligibility for the Energy Assistance Program. This change is retroactive to the beginning of the program year (October 1, 2013). The Bridge to Benefits site was updated to reflect this change on February 5, 2014.


Changes to Bridge to Benefits effective January 1, 2014

The Bridge to Benefits (B2B) website will be updated on Jan. 1, 2014 to include information on and screening for health care programs under the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Q & A on the Affordable Care Act

Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota put together a Question & Answer on what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act and how you may benefit from full implementation of the law. Learn more.

MNsure marketplace is open

MNsure, Minnesota’s new, online, one-stop health insurance marketplace where Minnesotans can compare and choose coverage from multiple insurance companies, opened on October 1. Read more.

Important changes to SNAP effective Oct. 1 and Nov. 1

Effective Oct. 1, 2013 able-bodied adults without dependents will no longer be exempt from SNAP Employment & Training Requirements. Benefit amounts will also be adjusted on Oct. 1 and again on Nov. 1. Find out more.

Low-cost home internet services

Comcast and CenturyLink now offer low-cost internet services plan for $9.95 plus tax per month for qualifying low-income families.