Lucas Nesse

Lucas Nesse

President

Council president Lucas Nesse is passionate about making Minnesota a better place to live. He worked for state government early in his career and most recently directed health policy and grassroots advocacy for the Minnesota Business Partnership. He has led the Council since October 2019.

Nesse earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Gustavus Adolphus College and his Juris Doctor Degree from William Mitchell College of Law. He lives in Lake Elmo with his wife and two children.

Council news

2021

  • Statement on Derek Chauvin verdict

    The murder of George Floyd is a tragedy that has inflicted immense grief on our community. Tuesday marked a small step toward healing, as a verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial was reached and found the former police officer guilty on all three counts.

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  • Council releases 2020 industry financial results

    In a year marked by the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Minnesota’s seven nonprofit health plans paid more than $1.021 billion to their enrollees for insurance premium relief and cost-sharing waivers related to COVID-19 testing and inpatient treatment.

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  • Statement on MNsure special enrollment period

    MNsure’s announcement today that it is offering a special enrollment period is a win for uninsured Minnesotans who can now select from products that have some of the lowest premiums in the nation thanks to the state’s reinsurance program. MNsure enrolled more than 9,400 uninsured Minnesotans in private coverage during the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period in March and April of 2020, and we once again encourage Minnesotans to visit MNsure.org to enroll.

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  • Minnesota health plans extend cost-sharing waivers for COVID-19 treatment

    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 June 30, 2021.

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2020

  • Minnesota health plans extend coverage for those impacted by COVID-19

    The Minnesota Council of Health Plans announced today that Minnesota-based nonprofit health plans are voluntarily extending cost-sharing waivers for in-patient COVID-19 treatment through March 31, 2021. The extension coincides with a number of other measures taken to help patients, providers and the community weather the pandemic.

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2021

  • StarTribune

    Our Best Shot: Cost is not a reason to avoid getting a COVID shot

    The COVID-19 vaccine is free. For patients, there are no out-of-pocket expenses. No copay. No coinsurance. No office visit fee. No bill even if you haven't met your annual deductible.

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  • StarTribune

    Results soar at Minnesota’s seven big health insurers as claims fall amid pandemic

    Legal settlements and delayed care amid the pandemic drove a surge in operating income last year for Minnesota's nonprofit health insurers. The COVID-19 impact was widely noted last spring as a shutdown in elective procedures caused use of medical services to plummet.

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  • StarTribune

    Questions surface over Minnesota’s COVID-19 testing contract

    Minnesota public health officials talk with pride of the free statewide COVID-19 testing system they set up last year, but questions are mounting about the cost of the no-bid contract they negotiated and a key pricing amendment still in the works.

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  • StarTribune

    Keep moving forward on expanded telehealth in Minnesota

    As lockdowns loomed, state and federal regulators eased restrictions on "telehealth." That led to more virtual visits in Minnesota and elsewhere, with doctors and patients communicating via video or a phone call in lieu of a clinic appointment. A year later, there's a timely debate at the Minnesota Capitol over whether to maintain telehealth expansion measures.

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  • Minnesota Physician

    Insuring the highest health of Minnesotans

    The Council is a resource for consumers in a variety of ways, including helping Minnesotans gain entry into the health care system, finding the best providers for their specific situation, and ensuring coordinating of care overall. Efforts can also include support for food security, housing, education, and transportation to appointments.

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Resources

All Care is Local
You do stories every week about decisions that shape the care Minnesotans get. The big policy discussions may be happening in Washington, D.C., and St. Paul, the reality is all care is local. We’re working to make the far away conversations understandable at home, county by county.

All Care Is Local

Current Issues

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Essentials of Health Policy Sourcebook
Solid background information. The key to using this information in reporting is our first link, All Care is Local. How health policies are implemented vary across the country, and even within states. National sources hold a wealth of information, but often, Minnesota rules, laws and unique approach to health policy mean things are a bit different here.

Essentials of Health Policy Sourcebook

Association of Health Care Journalists
AHCJ‘s focus is the “quality, accuracy and visibility of health care reporting, writing and editing.” More than 1,500 members help each other cover the beat.
Health Care Costs: A Reporter's Toolkit
An oldie but a goodie, at least when it comes to understanding the basics: Premiums are expensive because care is expensive.

Health Care Costs: A Reporter’s Toolkit

Health News Review
You’ll find tips and tools for analyzing health care claims and a critical review of stories in the media. (Not claims as in medical bills/insurance claims. You’ll get help analyzing what’s said in the news releases in your inbox.)

Health News Review

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