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

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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  • 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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2021

  • 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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  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

    How talking about your nonprofit’s mission can help the people you serve

    At a time when COVID-19 is hitting communities especially hard, nonprofits — now more than ever — are playing a critical role in ensuring health and well-being. Whether you are in health care, human services, education, the arts or another sector, it’s important to talk about your nonprofit mission and what you are doing to help others.

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  • StarTribune

    COVID-19 pandemic fuels telehealth expansion

    It may be months yet before the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, but already it's creating lasting changes in health care, with more patients using computers, tablets and phones to talk with doctors, nurses and therapists.

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  • StarTribune

    Why we need vaccination equity

    As eligibility for and access to the COVID-19 vaccine expand to more Minnesotans, racial disparities in vaccination rates are increasing. So are myths that strategies to vaccinate more equitably aren’t needed. This is of immense concern due to the disproportionate impact COVID-19 continues to have on Black, Indigenous, Latinx and Asian populations.

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  • Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

    Giving everyone a fair shake at optimal health requires a look within

    With the COVID-19 death toll mounting daily, there is no denying the innumerable tragedies the pandemic continues to bring the nation. Among the most concerning is the disproportionate number of deaths the disease has caused within communities of color.

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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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