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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)

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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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We know you look here for updates about HealthPartners care and services. This month, we’re pausing our use of Facebook (and Instagram) and we urge Facebook to #StopHateforProfit and to take a stronger stance against hate speech and racism.

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Eric Komro, Deb Johnson Raschke - Thank you both for your comments. We know this is hard. As much as possible, we’re working with our clinicians to move their practices to nearby sites, so they can continue to care for patients they’ve built relationships with. In-person and video visits will both continue to be options. And before a therapist or doctor moves to a new location, we’ll reach out to patients to let them know so they can prepare for the transition. Also, we remain committed to caring for patients with substance abuse issues. We’ll continue to have outpatient treatment options in the east and west metro, western Minnesota and western Wisconsin, as well as continuing to operate several Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS) sites that treat and offer services for patients who struggle with both mental health and substance use issues. In addition, we have resources at Regions Hospital to treat inpatients with substance use care needs. Again, thank you for your comments. We understand this is tough, but please know we will do everything we can to support our patients during this transition.

I don’t think you are pausing social media usage due to hate speech and racism. You are closing clinics and eliminating services for hundreds of patients. Treating doctors and nurses the way that they have been treated during this pandemic is unacceptable. One thing that COVID has taught me is that only during a national pandemic does the Hippocratic oath not mean a thing and doctors can deny care. Video visits are only valid when it is a simple discussion. Doctors need to see patients for the majority of illness/injuries. So stop hiding behind racism and actually look to care for your patients.

Which clinics are closing?

LMAO...stop hate? Stop distracting people and post your real intentions. You have bigger problems apparently. As you close down vital centers for drug and alcoholic abuse at regions hospital? Close behavioral centers? Close clinics in low income areas? What a joke... you can post all the nice warm little fuzzy posts all you want, but actions matter more than words... and your actions show the truth. PATHETIC!! Rotten for profit provider!!!

Discontinuing chiropractoc care?!?! You'll notify patients?!?! Your website is not up to date. Different sections offer contradicting information. I am so disappointed.

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Today is #WorldBloodDonor Day and now more than ever, its crucial to seriosuly consider rolling up your sleeve to help those in need. As hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, donors are urged to give blood now to ensure blood products are readily available for patients. 

If youre interested in donating blood and able to, find a donation center near you:

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Medica just sent me a list of all the the medical equipment use that they will no longer cover. Literally everything you need to survive COVID hospitalization. If I get sick, I either die or go broke. We’ve been covered for 20 years by this company and this is how they treat us. But remember - socialized medicine is bad...

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