Nonprofit health plans are mission-driven companies that invest in their members and communities. Much of this work is connected to what is called the social determinants of health, which are the non-medical factors that influence health outcomes.
Suicide is an unthinkable tragedy and Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans are doing their part to aid in its prevention. HealthPartners’ Suicide Risk Calculator helps behavioral health case managers proactively reach out to members who may be at increased risk of suicide or self-harm.
Nonprofit health plans play a key role in ensuring that Minnesotans have what they need to be well in life overall – and addressing food insecurity is just one of these needs. The Giving Gardens at BCBS of Minnesota have played an important part by providing Minnesota food shelves with fresh, locally grown produce.
Health insurance helps spread out the cost of expensive health care, helping people gain access to care that they otherwise couldn’t afford. You never know when you might get sick, injured or need costly medical care. Health insurance also covers preventive care like doctor visits, vaccinations and screenings for certain illnesses.
The COVID-19 pandemic – as well as the racial unrest that ensued after the murder of George Floyd last summer – pushed the health care system in ways that no one could ever have imagined. Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans have stepped up in a number of ways to support our state.
Council CEO Lucas Nesse stresses the importance of preventing COVID-19 this holiday season. This means protecting your friends and loved ones, protecting your community and protecting yourself. The holidays are known as a time to come together, but we need to think differently this year.
A pre-existing condition is any health condition you have before your insurance coverage starts. The ACA offers protections for Americans living with these conditions. In light of this, it’s important to remember what pre-existing conditions are, including how the ACA changed how insurance companies treat them.