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. In the latest Minnesota Physician, care coordination leaders discuss 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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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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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.

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.

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.

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July 6, 2022

Medica is asking doctors to stop using the most common method to diagnose and assess the severity of kidney disease. The health plan says the current approach overestimates kidney function in people with African ancestry and leads to worse outcomes.

July 6, 2022

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota is teaming up with TurnSignl as part of a five-year strategy with the City of Brooklyn Center that aims to improve racial and health equity. The pilot program will provide up to 3,000 residents free access to the TurnSignl app.

July 6, 2022

HealthPartners has mobilized a grassroots movement to help close gaps in health care outcomes. More than 350 HealthPartners changemakers are educating colleagues and rooting out bias to ensure members and patients receive evidence-based care and exceptional service.

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.