A new health care option authorized by the 2020 Minnesota Legislature means uninsured Minnesotans can get tested for COVID-19 at no cost.

The state of Minnesota will cover the cost of testing for these individuals during the federal public health emergency.

To qualify for the state assistance, individuals must be a Minnesota resident, a U.S. citizen or lawfully present non-citizen with an immigration status that qualifies for the state's medical assistance and provide their Social Security number unless they meet an exception for not having one, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Health.

Information on applying for the free coverage can be found at mn.gov/dhs/health-care-coverage. Uninsured Minnesotans can also ask the health care provider administrating the COVID-19 test for the application or call the health department at 651-431-3994 or 800-366-5414 to request an application be mailed to them.

Those who are uninsured can also visit mnsure.org to see if they qualify for low- or no-cost health insurance through MinnesotaCare and medical assistance or a special enrollment period to enroll in private health insurance.