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

2020

  • New Partnership Appeals to Minnesotans to Act Now to Control Spread of COVID-19

    FightCovidMN, a groundbreaking partnership of the state’s hospitals and health systems, health plans and statewide associations, has launched a hard-hitting and disruptive campaign, “COVID-19 Isn’t Taking A Holiday,” to urgently motivate Minnesotans to mask up, keep their distance and do their part to fight the community spread of COVID-19. now.

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  • Lucas Nesse Joins Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Leadership Trust

    Lucas Nesse, CEO of the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, was chosen to participate in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Leadership Trust, an exclusive community for influential business leaders, executives and entrepreneurs in Minneapolis/St. Paul.   Nesse was selected for membership by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Leadership Trust Selection Committee due to his experience, […]

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  • Minnesota Council of Health Plans Statement on 2021 Health Insurance Rates

    Minnesota Department of Commerce’s announcement today on 2021 insurance rates is promising news, as it reflects the increasing stability in the individual and small group health plans in our state. Minnesota’s reinsurance program continues to play a major role in bringing that stabilization to the market, significantly lowering premiums by covering a portion of high-cost […]

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  • Minnesota Health Plans Extend Support for Those Impacted by COVID-19

    The Minnesota Council of Health Plans announced today that Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans are voluntarily extending cost-sharing waivers for in-patient COVID-19 treatment through the end of the year. The extension coincides with a number of other steps that have been taken to help patients, providers and the community weather the pandemic.   “Minnesota’s nonprofit health […]

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  • Statement on the Death of George Floyd

    "Minnesota's nonprofit health plans are deeply saddened by the death of George Floyd. The issues of racism and violence in our communities cannot be ignored, and we stand with Minnesotans in taking steps to ensure that the human rights of all people are protected. We also recognize that the health care needs of members may have shifted amid recent events, and health plans are here to support their members. Please contact your plan provider if you have questions or need guidance in accessing care or prescriptions."

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2020

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

See our thoughts on current issues.

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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