News Releases

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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News Coverage

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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