WALKER - While the state did restore General Assistance Medical Care for adults without dependent children, the new rules effective June 1 for the program will make it much more difficult for outstate residents to participate, according to Cass County Health, Human and Veterans Services Director Ane Rogers.
Cass had 354 participants in that program in April this year.
The new rules require GAMC clients to register with one of four Minneapolis or St. Paul hospital systems to get medical services except dental. Outstate hospitals may chose to serve the GAMC clients, but are unlikely to do so, because the rules require them to wait up to six months to receive reimbursements from an uncompensated care pool, Rogers explained.
If GAMC clients choose not to enroll with one of the metro hospital systems, they will only be covered for prescription drugs, Rogers said.
HHVS is attempting to switch as many current GAMC clients from that program to Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare, if they qualify for either program, Rogers said. MinnesotaCare covers most medical services GAMC clients would use, but has a $10,000 annual cap and requires clients to pay an insurance premium, Rogers said.
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