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 caught up on their shots.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Measles is highly contagious, can be serious — even fatal. With most schools in Minnesota back in session full time and in person, you’ll want to make sure your child is up to date with this important vaccination, as well as others.
Most adults and children as young as six months can get a flu vaccine. Recent studies show a well-matched vaccine can reduce the risk of flu illness by 40-60% in the overall population. Talk to your doctor about the flu vaccine and whether you and your kids are current on this vital immunization.
The CDC recommends the COVID vaccine for kids 12 years-plus and adults, as widespread immunization is essential in protecting against serious illness. Learn more about the COVID vaccine for kids 12 and up and why it’s important to make sure your children are up to date with immunizations.