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Minnesota Health Plans Waiving Cost-Sharing for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment

The Minnesota Council of Health Plans announced that Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans are voluntarily waiving cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and in-patient treatment for enrollees as part of a framework to support and protect the health of Minnesotans amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The health and safety of Minnesotans are the highest priorities of the nonprofit plans we represent,” said Lucas Nesse, president and CEO of the Council.  “Uniform access to appropriate and affordable treatment is critical to controlling the scope of the pandemic, particularly for those with underlying medical conditions.”

Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans that have committed to this framework:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield/Blue Plus of Minnesota
  • HealthPartners
  • Hennepin Health
  • Medica
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare

For more information and to review the latest guidance from our state and federal officials, please visit:

Minnesota Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Facts About Prescription Drugs

Even if you don’t need prescription drugs you’re paying for them in your premiums each month. And those drugs are getting more and more expensive. Why and what can we do about it? You’ll find a lot more information here

Diabetes medication unaffordable for many today

The price of insulin — a lifesaving drug — has increased more 240 percent over the past decade. That means prices have jumped from $90 to often more than $300 a vial. Listen to what U of M pharmacy school professor Angie Carlson, Ph.D., has to say about insulin. Carlson sat down with Council staff to talk about stories like this one about a man from Minneapolis who died because he needed insulin, and share her 40 years of experience in the industry. Carlson’s question is how long should people have to pay for improvements that have been available for 30 years. Minnesota’s Attorney General is suing drug companies for pricing insulin out of reach for many patients.

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  • Minnesota Health Plans Announce Additional Support for People Affected by COVID-19

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Let’s Do Our Part to Take Care of Our Health During the Pandemic

Let’s Do Our Part to Take Care of Our Health During the Pandemic

While we continue to do everything we can to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks in public, we must also get the care that protects and improves our health, according to the Chief Medical Officers of Minnesota’s nonprofit health plans.

Recommendations to Care For Mental Health Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recommendations to Care For Mental Health Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

To gain a better understanding of how the pandemic has affected mental health, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota had a conversation with Dr. Steven Sehr, senior medical director for behavioral health at Blue Cross, and Dr. Ryan Van Wyk, specialty lead for the North Memorial Health Mental Health Services Center.

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Sanford Health and the University of North Dakota have joined forces to offer behavioral health support services to people struggling due to COVID-19. https://san.fo/35lpIbw
Congratulations to the Sanford Heart team in Sioux Falls. They performed their 500th TAVR procedure this morning. The TAVR procedure is a less invasive option to improve the quality of life of aortic stenosis patients who can’t have open heart surgery.

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To make sure access to care is easily available and in keeping with regulations, PreferredOne will continue to waive cost-sharing for in-network COVID-19 hospitalization for fully-insured, Simplicity employer, and individual plan members through December 31, 2020. Cost-sharing is waived for the balance of 2020 for CDC-recommended COVID-19 laboratory testing ordered by a provider and related telehealth, office, urgent care, and emergency department visits.
PreferredOne is proud to be a sponsor of Second Harvest Heartlands signature fundraising event, Dish: Cuisine for Change, set for Thursday, September 17. This year’s event has been moved to a virtual format, but the impact can be just as great—with your help.    

This one-of-a-kind event will feature auction items, lively entertainment from Minneapolis own The Blenders and T. Mychael Rambo, and ways for you to create the ambiance of a gala right from your living room. 

Join us and help fund Second Harvest Heartland’s COVID-19 response efforts, from distributing emergency food boxes to sponsoring free grocery pop-ups. Registration is free—find details and ticket info here: https://dishcuisineforchange.org/