Issues in Developing Programs for Uninsured Children: A Resource Book for States. 1. Use of Requests for Proposals (RFPs)


Minnesota took a novel approach by sending out a request for proposals to community groups focused on designing appropriate outreach strategies for the local level. Administrators of MinnesotaCare considered the response a success – 28 public and private proposals were submitted and 26 approved. The applications were evaluated based on the strategies proposed, the ability to raise matching funds, and the capability to contact and serve the targeted population. MinnesotaCare plans to provide $1.5 million in grants over the biennium to support the initiatives of the selected groups.