Vaccine Equity Partnership Phase 1 Results

Earlier this year the Council partnered with MDH, DHS and the Minnesota Association of County Health Plans to improve vaccine equity. Efforts drove a 55% increase in the number of members living in high social vulnerability index ZIP codes who received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.

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Have Questions About Where to get the COVID Vaccine for Kids? Visit the State of Minnesota’s COVID-19 Response Page

The page offers valuable information about the COVID vaccine for kids, including where to get it, informational videos and key facts about the vaccine.

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Get Childhood Vaccinations Back on Track

As we continue to battle COVID-19, it’s become increasingly important for students to be caught up on vital immunizations. The Minnesota Council of Health Plans and the Minnesota Hospital Association are teaming up this school year to discuss efforts to get families up to date on their kids’ shots.

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The Power of Partnership

The COVID vaccine rollout presented a vital opportunity for health plans and state government to improve vaccine equity in Minnesota. By coming together, the state and insurers are taking a highly coordinated approach to get vulnerable Minnesotans the resources they need to get shots in arms, wrote Lucas Nesse, CEO of the Council, in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal.

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Why We Need Vaccination Equity

Racial disparities in vaccination rates are increasing. So are myths that strategies to vaccinate more equitably aren’t needed. It’s important to know the facts so that we protect communities of color, wrote the Chief Medical Officers for Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans in the StarTribune.

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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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Our Blog

December 14, 2021

With the spread of COVID-19 continuing to rise, millions of Americans are getting their booster shot as a way to further protect themselves from illness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now says Americans 16 and older should get a booster.

November 17, 2021

Being a nonprofit health plan means bringing wellness that is in reach for everyone. That was the topic of a recent Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI) webinar with Minnesota Council of Health Plans CEO Lucas Nesse, Medica CEO John Naylor and HealthPartners CEO Andrea Walsh.

November 11, 2021

The CDC has formally recommended the COVID-19 vaccine for children as young as 5. In an effort to get shots in arms, health plans and health systems are updating their COVID-19 vaccine outreach with specific information for families about how to get their kids vaccinated in Minnesota.

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.