Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA)
Minnesota Supplemental Aid (MSA) provides cash assistance to help adults who get Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pay for their basic needs. Some people who are blind, have a disability or are older than 65 but do not get SSI because their other income is too high may also be eligible for MSA if they meet the income limit.
People who get MSA are also eligible for help with medical, food and housing costs through Medical Assistance (MA), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Local Heath Care Access Services and MSA Housing Assistance programs.
To qualify, you must be:
Age 18 or older
Getting SSI, or eligible to get it except that your income is too high
If your income is too high for SSI, you may qualify for MSA if you meet one of these criteria:
Are age 65 or older
You must also meet the asset limit of:
$2,000 for an individual
$3,000 for a couple
The amount of the basic monthly MSA grant is calculated using both the:
- Maximum SSI amount (Federal Benefit Rate) that applies to you, or your countable income if you do not get SSI, and the
- MSA standard set by state law.
- Medically prescribed special diets
- Representative payee services
- Guardian or conservator service fees
- Certain home repairs
- Certain household furniture and appliances
- Help paying for housing costs through MSA Housing Assistance.