The Power of Partnership
The 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.
Council Working with MDH, DHS on Vaccine Equity Initiative
The Council is collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Department of Human Services to improve vaccine equity through an initiative that will identify Minnesotans who have been most impacted by COVID-19 and connect them with vaccination opportunities.
Visit the State’s Vaccine Connector to Make Appointment to get Immunized
The State of Minnesota’s Vaccine Connector now lets Minnesotans schedule appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine and also shows sites that allow walk-ins.
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.
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 at least September 30, 2021. The extension coincides with a number of other measures taken to help patients, providers and the community weather the pandemic.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The Minnesota Legislature just wrapped up one of its busiest – and, yes, largely virtual – special sessions that included a two-year budget deal and legislation that will positively impact the health of Minnesotans amid the pandemic and beyond.
Bukata Hayes, VP of Racial & Health Equity for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, has spent 20 years advocating for racial and social justice. His role was created to serve as an advisor and partner, helping leaders effect lasting change and apply a racial and equity lens to every aspect of the organization.
Dr. Julia Joseph-Di Caprio, Chief Medical Officer for UCare, and Pleasant Radford, Jr., Health Equity Officer for UCare, are creating bridges that will bring about better care for diverse populations. UCare is looking at everything from provider engagement to their internal functions to ensure equity.