Giving Everyone a Fair Shake at Optimal Health Requires a Look Within

Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans have seen firsthand how pervasive health inequities are in our state and that we need to come together — both as a community and as a state — if we are going to make meaningful change, writes Lucas Nesse, CEO of the Council, in the Minneapolis-St.Paul Business Journal.

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Sign Up for State’s Vaccine Connector to Get Notified of Eligibility

The State of Minnesota has launched the Vaccine Connector, which alerts Minnesotans as to when they can get the vaccine. Sign up and the state will contact you when you are eligible and where supplies are available.

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Didn’t Enroll in Individual & Family Plan Last Fall? Sign Up for SEP

A new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) from MNsure is available now through May 17. Minnesotans can select from products that have some of the lowest premiums in the nation. Visit to enroll and also learn about financial assistance to help pay for a selected health plan.

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Minnesota Health Plans Extend Coverage for Those Impacted by COVID-19

The Minnesota Council of Health Plans announced that Minnesota-based nonprofit health plans are voluntarily extending cost-sharing waivers for in-patient COVID-19 treatment through June 30, 2021. The extension coincides with a number of other measures taken to help patients, providers and the community weather the pandemic.

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Lucas Nesse, CEO of the Council, Honored by Minnesota Physician

Nesse was named among the 100 Most Influential Health Care Leaders in Minnesota by Minnesota Physician. In the publication, Nesse describes the biggest challenges in health care delivery and how the Council is meeting those challenges.

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Our Mission

The Minnesota Council of Health Plans is an association of nonprofit health insurers whose mission is to get Minnesotans the affordable, equitable and quality-based care they need today and in the future. We have worked for more than 30 years to improve care for everyone.

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Insurance helps you pay medical bills, everything from the entire bill for preventive care that helps keep you well to helping pay for prescriptions and care when you need it. Insurance companies also do a lot of work behind the scenes to help you be well and ensure you get good care.

We all need care—not only medical care when we’re sick or injured—but also preventive care to keep us well. Health insurance is how we join together to pay for care because it’s too expensive to pay for on our own.

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What it Means to be a Nonprofit Health Plan

Being a nonprofit health plan means to put the community first. Having a nonprofit status means health plans invest their resources back into members and communities to bring wellness within reach for everyone.

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March 3, 2021

Nonprofit health plans are mission-driven companies that invest in their members and communities. Much of this work is connected to what is called the social determinants of health, which are the non-medical factors that influence health outcomes.

March 2, 2021

Sanford Health and Sanford Health Plan have launched an integrated service in Health Guides, a bridge between patients, communities and the health care services they provide. Health Guides are passionate about health, wellness and supporting those with complex needs.

March 2, 2021

Protecting the mental health and wellness of Minnesotans is a top priority. PreferredOne has a longstanding commitment in facilitating access to mental health and substance abuse services as part of its focus on health and wellness for members.

Our Work

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Even those of us who don’t take any prescription drugs, pay for the high prices because they are included in the health insurance premiums we pay every month.
Our Work: Opioid Crisis
Minnesota’s health insurers, along with physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, psychologists and others are working to prevent opioid death and addiction, and at the same time treat pain that stops Minnesotans from enjoying daily activities.
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Despite the year-to-year unpredictability we’re seeing, the overall trend is clear: health care is more expensive than Minnesotans can afford, and we have to do everything we can to shield individual families from sudden, unexpected expenses.