Re: Government shutdown. Love Hennepin County Economic Assist.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE STATE OF MINNESOTA SHUTDOWN AND YOUR BENEFITS

At the time we mailed this notice [June 12, 2011], the state did not have an approved budget. This is information about what may happen to your benefits if state government shuts down on July 1, 2011.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR HEALTH CARE BENEFITS. Without a state budget, we may not be able to pay for all health care services. You may have trouble getting health care serviece.

If you are in a health plan, please continue to use your regular medical providers. If you need urgent care and your provider will not see you, call your health plan. Call your health plan if you have any questions about services.

If you are not in a health plan, we expect providers to continue to serve you during a shutdown. Some providers may not be paid. If a provider won't see you and you need urgent care, go to an emergency room.

IF YOU ARE GETTING MINNESOTACARE, YOU MUST CONTINUE TO PAY YOUR MINNESOTACARE PREMIUM. IF YOU DO NOT PAY YOUR PREMIUM, YOU WILL NO LONGER HAVE COVERAGE UNDER MINNESOTACARE.

If there is a government shutdown, do not call the MinnesotaCare or Minnesota Family Planning Program state offices. It is likely that no one will be here to answer your call.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR CASH, FOOD ASSISTANCE AND VENDOR PAYMENTS (payments we make for you for your rent, gas, electric, and other needs)

If you receive Food Support, Minnesota Food Assistance Program, Minnesota Family Investment Program, General Assistance, Minnesota Supplemental Aid, Refugee Cash Assistance, Group Residential Housing, Diversionary Work Program or Work Benefit benefits, your benefits may be suspended during a government shutdown.

You will not receive a notice informing you that benefits have resumed once the shutdown ends. 

If there is a state shtdown and state staff is not available, contact your county office.

This is what we know now. It may change. The TV, radio and newspaper will have more information closer to July 1, 2011. Please check these sources to stay informed.

You may also call 800-657-3629 (outside the metro area) and 651-431-3540 (metro area) for the latest information. You can also check the DHS website at www.dhs.mn.us.

This information is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling (651) 431-2670, (800) 657-3739 or your county. TTY users can call through Minnesota Relay at (800) 627-3529. For Speech-to-Speech, call (877) 627-3848. For additional assistance with legal rights and protections for equal access to human services programs, contact your agency's ADA coordinator.