Minnesota Health Information Clearinghouse
The Minnesota Health Information Clearinghouse is a resource for health-related information. We answer questions and make referrals when necessary to sources who can provide further information or assistance. Our clients include consumers, employers, providers, health plans, government agencies, and others. We provide information mainly about the following topics.
- Health coverage options
- Health economics, health policy, health reform
Also see Minnesota's Health Reform Initiative
- Action plans and collaboration plans submitted by HMOs and other managed care companies
- Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
- Alphabetic Publication List
- Subject Publication List
- Resource List
TOPICS OF CURRENT INTEREST:
HMO Service Areas
Health Maintenance Organizations in Minnesota has service area maps for each HMO.
Maximum Charges for Patient Records (PDF) lists the new copying and retrieval charges. When copying and retrieval charges are allowed, the maximum copying charge is $1.38 per page and a $18.36 retrieval charge. The fact sheet provides references to the Minnesota statute, Minnesota Rules, and the federal HIPAA Privacy Rule that address copying charges for patient records. It states copying charges for worker's compensation medical records are different and to contact the Minnesota Department of Labor at 651 284-5032 for that information.
Lower Cost Prescription Drug Resources
Low Cost Options for Prescription Drugs (PDF) has been updated. It is a list of resources for obtaining lower cost prescription drugs. It is published by the Managed Care Systems Section at the Minnesota Department of Health.
Medicare plans are available to Minnesotans with details about each plan, and provides information on long-term care and many topics of interest to seniors. Call the Minnesota Senior LinkAge Line® at 1-800-333-2433.
Federal HealthCare.gov website
Lists health plans available in each state. The web site is also available in Spanish at CuidadodeSalud.gov. Provides information so consumers can find insurance options, learn about benefits, compare care quality, and understand the provisions of the new health reform law.
Federal Health Reform Law, signed March 23, 2010
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590), Public Law No. 111-148
For summaries, details, effective dates of the law see the following web sites:
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HealthCare.gov
- Kaiser Family Foundation
- Minnesota Department of Commerce
- National Association of Insurance Commissioners
NAIC chart showing reform and effective dates
Minnesota Health Reform
Minnesota's Health Reform Initiative provides information on recent legislation that deals with health reform. Sections of the site include information on Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP), health care homes, payment reform including quality measurement and cost/quality transparency, e-Health, insurance coverage and affordabilty, and information on other bill requirements.
Collaboration Plan 2015 - 2019
Collaboration Plans provide information on what health maintenance organizations will do during the next four years to meet identified public health goals for the communities in the areas they service. Minnesota Statute 62Q.075 requires that collaboration plans be filed with the Commissioner of Health and describes the filing requirements, the information to be included in the plan, and the details of the review process.
The Minnesota Council of Health Plans (MCHP) on behalf of its members prepared this collaboration plan from information provided to them by the health plans. The health plans include Blue Cross Blue Shield/Blue Plus of Minnesota, HealthPartners, Medica, Metropolitan Health Plan, PreferredOne, Sanford Health Plan of Minnesota, and UCare.