Medicare Part D: The Medicare prescription drug benefit program. We call this program “Part D” for short. Medicare Part D covers outpatient prescription drugs, vaccines, and some supplies not covered by Medicare Part A or Medicare Part B or Medical Assistance. Our plan includes Medicare Part D.Medicare Part A: The Medicare program that covers most medically necessary hospital, skilled nursing facility, home health, and hospice care.
Medicare Part B: The Medicare program that covers services (such as lab tests, surgeries, and doctor visits) and supplies (such as wheelchairs and walkers) that are medically necessary to treat a disease or condition. Medicare Part B also covers many preventive and screening services.
Medical Assistance: This is the name of Minnesota’s Medicaid program. Medical Assistance is run by the state and is paid for by the state and the federal government. It helps people with limited incomes and resources pay for long-term services and supports and medical costs.
It covers extra services and some drugs not covered by Medicare. Medicaid programs vary from state to state, but most health care costs are covered if you qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.


South Country Health Alliance's MinnesotaCare is for people ages 0-64 who live in Brown, Dodge, Goodhue, Kanabec, Sibley, Steele, Wabasha or Waseca counties.

In addition to medical, dental and eye care, MinnesotaCare members can receive these health care services:

  • 2 dental preventive visits and fluoride varnishes per year
  • Free car seats for eligible children up to 8 years old
  • Preventive care and well care rewards for completing screenings and well care visits
  • Free translation service if English is not your first language
  • A local Community Care Connector who can help you with coverage or provider issues

MinnesotaCare eligibility is determined by a financial worker in your county. To find out if you qualify you will need to do one of the following:

  • Call or visit your local county human services office
  • Call Minnesota Health Care Programs at 1-800-657-3739 or TTY  1-800-627-3529 or 711
  • Learn More (external link) on the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) website

If you have any questions about South Country Health Alliance or our MinnesotaCare program, call Member Services. A Member Services specialist will be happy to answer your questions.

See MinnesotaCare eligibility information (external link) from DHS. For Member Rights and Responsibilities, see Sections 3 and 4 in the Member Handbook (under Member Materials to the right).

If you have questions about your MinnesotaCare premiums, call 1-800-657-3672 (toll free) or 1-612-297-3862 for answers.

Last Updated on 01/24/2024 by Chris Gartner