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