Blue Advantage Families and Children

See health plan coverage, support and rewards for the Blue Advantage℠ Families and Children plan from Blue Plus.

Blue Advantage Families and Children from Blue Plus is a Minnesota Medical Assistance program (Minnesota’s state Medicaid program). This Minnesota Medical Assistance health care program is for families, children under age 21, pregnant women and adults under age 65 who receive Medical Assistance.

See if you qualify

Plan information for Blue Advantage Families and Children

Use the menus below to find what you need to know about the Blue Advantage Families and Children from Blue Plus health plan. If you are already enrolled in this plan and want to see your information, register or log in to the member site.

How to enroll

  • Call or visit your local county office
  • Call Minnesota Health Care Programs at (651) 431-2670 (in the metro area) or toll free 1-800-657-3739; TTY/TDD 711, or through the Minnesota Relay direct access at 1-800-627-3529 (TTY/TDD, voice, ASCII, hearing carryover), or 1-877-627-3848 (speech-to-speech)
  • Enroll online on  

Who can enroll

You must live in one of these Minnesota counties to enroll in this plan:

  • Aitkin, Anoka, Becker, Benton, Blue Earth, Brown, Carlton, Carver, Cass, Chippewa, Chisago, Clay, Cook, Cottonwood, Crow Wing, Dakota, Dodge, Faribault, Fillmore, Freeborn, Hennepin, Houston, Isanti, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Koochiching, Lac Qui Parle, Lake, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Marshall, Martin, Mille Lacs, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Norman, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pine, Polk, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Scott, Sherburne, St. Louis, Stearns, Swift, Wabasha, Washington, Watonwan, Wilkin, Winona, Wright and Yellow Medicine

More about qualifying

No monthly fee

You do not have to pay a monthly fee (premium) for this plan. You may have to pay a copay (a dollar amount) when you see the doctor or get a prescription filled.

This plan helps you pay for:

  • Medical care — doctor visits, medicine, hospital stays and more
  • Dental care — check-ups, cleanings and fillings*
  • Treatment for mental health issues and drug and alcohol abuse
  • Preventive care — flu shots, screenings
  • Eye exams and glasses
  • Emergency care

Copays and other limits may apply to some services. To see coverage details for this plan, refer to the Member Handbook. The Member Handbook is a document that explains your health plan and what it covers.

Doctor network

A network is a group of doctors and clinics approved for the health plan. The Blue Advantage network has thousands of doctors, specialists and clinics across Minnesota.

Choosing a primary care doctor

As a member of Blue Advantage Families and Children, you choose a doctor or clinic from the Blue Advantage Families and Children network to be your primary care doctor. The doctor you choose will get to know you and keep your medical records in one place.


Specialists are doctors who treat specific things like allergies or diabetes. You do not need a referral to see a specialist if he or she is in the provider network. You might have to pay more if you use a doctor that’s not in the network.

Some treatments must be approved by your primary care doctor and/or your health plan before you can receive the treatment. This is called a prior authorization.  This helps make sure the treatment is covered by your plan so you don’t have unexpected bills.

Find a dentist

For dental care, use a dentist in the Delta Dental of Minnesota CivicSmilesSM network. To find a dentist in the  network:

  • Call (651) 406-5907 or toll free 1-800-774-9049 (TTY/TDD 711), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Choosing a pharmacy

A pharmacy network is a list of drugstores where you can get prescriptions at lower prices. Choose from many pharmacies in our network. You may have to pay more for your prescriptions if you don’t use a pharmacy in our network. To find a pharmacy:

Prescription drug list

Blue Plus has a list of drugs that it covers. It’s called a formulary. You may pay more for drugs that are not in the formulary. Contact the plan for more information using the number on the back of your member ID card.

Reward cards

Rides to appointments

  • BlueRide — Call (651) 662-8648 or toll free 1-866-340-8648 (TTY/TDD 711)

  • Use Blue Ride when you have no other way to get to your appointment or you don’t have a car.  Includes rides to medical, dental and mental health appointments, to pick up prescriptions, and to pick up or repair durable medical equipment (DME). You can also use BlueRide when discharged from a hospital.


  • If you need an interpreter, tell your provider when you call to schedule an appointment. In most cases they can arrange this for you. If you have questions call Member Services at the number on the back of your Member ID card.

Special programs

  • Quitting tobacco support — Call 1-888-662-BLUE (2583) between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. Central Time, 7 days a week, TTY/TDD users call 711
  • Health Assessment — Answer questions to get a snapshot of your current health status
  • Maternity Management — For support if you have a high-risk pregnancy, call (651) 662-1818 or toll free 1-800-382-2000 ext. 21818 (TTY/TDD 711), 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or send an email
  • County Car & Booster Seat Program – Contact your county to ask if this program is available in your county

Medical help

  • Nurse line —Talk to a nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help you get answers to your health-related questions. Call toll free 1-800-622-9524 (TTY/TDD 711)
  • Online care — Access to doctors online who can answer questions, provide a diagnosis for common health concerns and prescribe medication (when appropriate)
  • Case manager — If you have an ongoing disease, major illness or injury, we’ll help you understand your treatment choices and follow your treatment plan. A case manager will contact you if you qualify for this service.
  • Health Coaching — Get personalized online coaching to help address your health goals and concerns. Call the customer service number on the back of your member ID card
  • Mental health services — Call (651) 662-5545 or toll free 1-800-711-9862 (TTY/TDD 711) for information about mental health and drug and alcohol abuse counseling
  • Health Guides — Get information about your health plan benefits and health care services 24 hours a day, seven days a week

For questions about this plan:

  • Call (651) 662-5545 or toll free 1-800-711-9862 (TTY 711), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Check your plan’s Member Handbook (PDF) for details about your plan
  • See our directory of statewide resources at  

Register for member site

Update your phone & address

It’s important that you read the mail you get from your county and from us – Blue Plus. We may ask you for information needed to keep you enrolled in your plan. If your phone number or address changes, contact your county office right away. They can help you update your information.

Carry your member ID card

When you go to the doctor, bring these items with you:

  • Your health plan member ID card
  • Your Minnesota Health Care Program ID card
  • Your Medicare card (if you have one)
  • ID cards for other insurance you have

Your rights & responsibilities

Learn more about your health plan in your Member Handbook. Section 3 is about your member rights. Section 4 covers your responsibilities.