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Financial Assistance - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Do I need an appointment to apply?
  2. Will I be eligible for assistance?
  3. How long does it take after I apply before I get my benefits?
  4. Can I be eligible for a Health Care Program if I have other insurance? I can't afford to pay my copays.
  5. What will Emergency Assistance pay for?
  6. What is the County's indigent burial policy?

 

Do I need an appointment to apply?

It is always best to call ahead and make an appointment with a financial worker. This will avoid having to wait to be seen and it will also give the worker a chance to tell you what verification you will need to bring with you.

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Will I be eligible for assistance?

The only way to know for sure is to talk to a financial worker. There are many rules for each program. The worker will explain the asset and income limits.

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How long does it take after I apply before I get my benefits?

The state allows 30 days to process a food support and/or cash application and 45 days for a health care application. If you have all your verifications with you at the time of your interview, the process will be much quicker.

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Can I be eligible for a Health Care Program if I have other insurance? I can't afford to pay my copays.

Yes, you can have other insurance and still be eligible for Health Care through the county. The Health Care Program will pay what your insurance does not. If your health insurance is considered cost effective by the State of Minnesota, Medical Assistance can reimburse you for the cost of your insurance premiums.

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What will Emergency Assistance pay for?

The only things Emergency Assistance (now call County Crisis Funds) will pay for are evictions and utility shut offs.

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What is the County's indigent burial policy?

Benton County's indigent burial policy can be found here. The indigent burial application can be found here.

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