How Health Plans Are Advancing Health Equity

Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans have a renewed focus on equity, creating a number of initiatives that will support Minnesotans in their health care journey. A recent edition of Minnesota Physician highlights several equity programs, along with the people who helped bring those initiatives to life.

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How Care Coordination Removes Barriers

Care coordinators within a health plan assist their members by streamlining health care across the continuum. This may include navigation of benefits, help with insurance prior authorization, managing appeals processes and accessing basic services. Minnesota Physician highlights care coordination leaders and how care management improves outcomes.

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Council Releases 2021 Industry Financial Results

COVID-19 related costs for the fully insured and government program markets exceeded $649 million in 2021, including $237 million in testing and vaccination costs, and $66 million in voluntary cost-sharing waivers. Overall medical expenses rose 15.77% to $16.3 billion and health plans reported a collective operating margin of 1.35% in 2021.

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Lessons Learned From Vaccine Equity Partnership

One of the key takeaways from the Vaccine Equity Partnership with the State of Minnesota was the value in aligning communication and resources. There is also opportunity to use this partnership to address the social drivers of health to bring about better health outcomes for under-resourced communities, wrote Minnesota Council of Health Plans CEO Lucas Nesse in Minnesota Physician.

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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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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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How Care Coordination Makes a Difference for Vulnerable Members

Care coordinators with Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans work to improve health outcomes by removing barriers. By bridging health care and social needs, care coordination improves the quality of care delivered to members while reducing medical costs. Watch the video to learn more.

Our Blog

October 13, 2022

Although COVID-19 continues to be in the spotlight, this is no time to take the flu for granted. The flu can cause serious illness, require hospitalization and lead to death. As kids return to classrooms and outdoor activities transition back to indoors, it’s important for children and adults to get their flu shot.

October 12, 2022

The State of Minnesota recently announced new managed care contracts serving 600,000 Minnesotans in 80 outstate counties, along with older adults and adults with disabilities statewide. The seven-county metro area contracts, covering 700,000 Minnesotans, were finalized late last year. Minnesota’s public health care programs, including prepaid Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare, serve low-income families and children. […]

October 5, 2022

As parents send their children back to school, it’s important to remember that COVID-19 continues to be a key public health issue. COVID shots are widely available. You can visit your regular doctor, or you can get it at most pharmacies, clinics and retail clinics and other locations.

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.