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Minnesota Health Plans Waiving Cost-Sharing for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

The Minnesota Council of Health Plans announced that Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans are voluntarily waiving cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and in-patient treatment for enrollees as part of a framework to support and protect the health of Minnesotans amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The health and safety of Minnesotans are the highest priorities of the nonprofit plans we represent,” said Lucas Nesse, president and CEO of the Council.  “Uniform access to appropriate and affordable treatment is critical to controlling the scope of the pandemic, particularly for those with underlying medical conditions.”

Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans that have committed to this framework:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield/Blue Plus of Minnesota
  • HealthPartners
  • Hennepin Health
  • Medica
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare

For more information and to review the latest guidance from our state and federal officials, please visit:

Minnesota Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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The price of insulin — a lifesaving drug — has increased more 240 percent over the past decade. That means prices have jumped from $90 to often more than $300 a vial. Given the ongoing concerns around insulin, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act in the spring of 2020 with broad bipartisan support, and Gov. Walz signed the legislation on April 15. The act gives emergency access to diabetics and mandates that manufacturers provide longer-term assistance to patients who meet certain qualifications. The Council testified about the rising costs of insulin multiple times and played a key role in getting this legislation passed.