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The Minnesota Council of Health Plans has worked for more than 30 years to improve care for everyone. We work with local health insurance companies that serve communities, not Wall Street shareholders, to make sure Minnesotans get the care they need, today and in the future.

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Lucas Nesse, president and CEO of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans,
issues statement on MNSure special enrollment period

Gov. Tim Walz and MNsure announced a 30-day special enrollment period (SEP) for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance in response to the potential growth of COVID-19 cases. This enrollment period, which begins Monday, March 23 and runs through April 21, will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through

“Thanks to the state reinsurance program, Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans are able to offer products on MNsure that have some of the lowest premiums in the nation. Uninsured Minnesotans who sign up will have coverage for a COVID-19 illness, as well as no copays on necessary COVID-19  testing. We encourage Minnesotans to visit and enroll.  Anyone experiencing symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or has potentially been exposed to COVID-19, is encouraged to seek health care in a manner that minimizes the potential exposure of others, which might include first calling a provider or utilizing telehealth services.”

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)

The Facts About Prescription Drugs

Even if you don’t need prescription drugs you’re paying for them in your premiums each month. And those drugs are getting more and more expensive. Why and what can we do about it? You’ll find a lot more information here

Diabetes medication unaffordable for many today

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. Listen to what U of M pharmacy school professor Angie Carlson, Ph.D., has to say about insulin. Carlson sat down with Council staff to talk about stories like this one about a man from Minneapolis who died because he needed insulin, and share her 40 years of experience in the industry. Carlson’s question is how long should people have to pay for improvements that have been available for 30 years. Minnesota’s Attorney General is suing drug companies for pricing insulin out of reach for many patients.

News Coverage


Interesting National Stories

Medicare-for-All Would Eliminate Most or All of Medicaid, But No One Is Talking About It

Drew Altman from the Kaiser Family Foundation looks beyond headlines to find out what the idea would mean for the other ways people get help paying medical bills and the people who provide the care. Here are his questions about Medicare-For-All

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Lost your insurance card? No problem. Want to find out how much you’ll pay or compare prices for care you need? Can you get care online? Wondering how the quality of the care you get is measured?

It’s all here.

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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.

Understand Insurance

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.

From the Council’s Members

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