Resource List

The information below is provided for information purposes. We make no endorsements or recommendations regarding any of the following listings.

Children
Cover All Kids Information on health coverage and preventive care for Minnesota's children and families
Kids Count Children's Defense Fund Minnesota (651) 227-6121

Federal government sites
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (301) 427-1104
Center for Disease Control and Prevention 1-800-232-4636
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, formerly Health Care Financing Administration (410) 786-3000 (recording only)
Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (612) 334-4100 (local office)
Fed World Information, U.S. Department of Commerce gateway that links you to federal government websites
Government Printing Office (GPO) 1-866-512-1800
Health and Human Services 1-877-696-6775
Health and Human Services www.healthfinder.gov provides consumer's with health and health services information
Maternal and Child Health information, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Medicare information, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 1-800-633-4227
National Library of Medicine
USA.gov ( "the U.S. government's official web portal")

Health - Health Coverage
Minnesota Health Information Clearinghouse
General information (651) 201-5178 or 1-800-657-3793.
List of health plan companies that are licensed to sell to individuals and families in Minnesota.
List of small employer health plans licensed to sell in Minnesota.

Minnesota Insurance Help Line Agents who used to sell health, auto, and life insurance answer e-mail questions regarding health insurance. Click in the left column on Minnesota Insurance HelpLine and the e-mail box to leave your question pops up.
Minnesota Department of Human Services Health coverage offered through the following public programs: Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare
Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA)1-866-894-8053  Health coverage for people who are high risk and cannot get covered in the private market due to pre-existing conditions. For MCHA Medicare supplement call (952) 992-2345 or 1-800-906-5432.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  Insurance options for individuals, families, small employers, and self-insured. Also has information on prevention, quality, health reform law, health coverage information.
Quality and Cost information and more
Consumer Information on Health Plans, Health Benefits Education Campaign various federal publications on COBRA, HIPAA Portability, more
Consumer information on COBRA/Minnesota continuation coverage and portability

Free or Reduced Cost Health Care
Assured Access, formerly Assured Care, for Hennepin County residents who do not qualify for other public programs (612) 348-6141
Centra-care (320) 240-3157 or 1-800-575-2982
Children’s Defense Fund (651) 227-6121
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, metro area (651) 431-5940, TTY 888-206-6513
Essential Community Providers, for high-risk and special needs individuals and individuals with limited access to health care services
Migrant Health Service, Inc. (218) 236-6502 or 1-800-842-8693
Minnesota Department of Health, Refugee Health Program "Health Resources Directory for Diverse Cultural Communities" (651) 201-5414
Portico Healthnet, formerly Metro East Health Program, (651) 603-5100, for residents of Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties who don't qualify for other public programs
Portico Healthnet Clinic Referral Line (651) 489-2273 or toll free 1-866-489-4899 (Calls previously answered by the Neighborhood Health Care Network to assist callers looking for lower cost clinics.)
Sage Screening Program, formerly the Minnesota Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, 1-888-643-2584
United Way 2-1-1, formerly United Way - First Call for Help,  Call 211 or 1-800-543-7709 to reach your local area. Twin Cities area can also use (651) 291-0211. Provides information about and referrals for health services, health issues, counseling, child care, legal help, transportation, and more.

Lower Cost Dental Services
Minneapolis District Dental Society (651) 631-9845
Minnesota Dental Association (651) 767-8400 or 1-800-950-3368
Portico Healthnet Clinic Referral Line (651) 489-2273 or toll free 1-866-489-4899 (Calls previously answered by the Neighborhood Health Care Network.)
St. Paul District Dental Society (651) 697-0831
University of Minnesota Dental Clinic (612) 625-2495

Lower Cost Prescription Drugs
The Minnesota Board on Aging, Senior LinkAge Line helps callers locate lower cost prescription drugs 1-800-333-3433.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance Program 1-888-477-2669
Patient Assistance Programs you can link to yourself: www.needymeds.com and www.rxassist.org
Low Cost Options for Prescription Drugs publication, Managed Care Section, Minnesota Dept. of Health

Public Programs
Medical Assistance Local county human services agencies phone numbers
Minnesota Care (651) 297-3862 or 1-800-657-3672, TTY 1-800-627-3529

Public Health Improvement Goals
Healthy People 2020 National public health improvement goals to achieve by 2020
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotions, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Seniors
Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   Information and links to resources for older Americans and those who serve the aging.
Eldercare, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  Helps find local services for seniors.
Benefits CheckUp Information on more than 1,000 state and federal programs for older Americans. Site sponsor is the National Council on the Aging.
Medicare
•Medicare Issues Hotline 1-800-633-4227
•Processing of Medicare Part A claims, Noridian Administrative Services, 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
•Processing of Medicare Part B claims, Wisconsin Physician Services, 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
•For medical equipment and supplies problems/questions, Administar Inc., 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
Minnesota Board on Aging (651) 431-2500 or 1-800-882-6262   Provides information and resources for seniors and caregivers.
Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213; Minneapolis office (612) 870-2000
Senior LinkAge Line® 1-800-333-2433 Provides health insurance counseling and referral resources for seniors.

Veterans

Veterans Linkage Line 1-888-546-5838 (1-888-LINKVET), TTY: 1-800-627-3529. Provides veterans and family members with information or resources on veterans' benefits, claims, health care, counseling, and many other topics.

 

(Selected) Minnesota State Agencies
Phone Directories for State of Minnesota (Enter name of agency)

Minnesota Attorney Generals Office, Consumer Protection Division
Information (651) 296-6196, Citizen Assistance (651) 296-3353 or 1-800-657-3787

Minnesota Department of Commerce
•Information (651) 296-4026 or 1-800-657-3602
•Consumer Education and Protection Division, Consumer Response Team (enforcement for health insurance complaints) (651) 296-2488

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Information (651) 201-5000
Frequently Called Phone Numbers by Subject
MDH News Releases
Center for Health Statistics
Community and Family Health
Health Economics Program
Managed Care Systems (for health maintenance organization complaints: (651) 201-5100 or 1-800-657-3916
Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (651) 201-3838 or 1-800-366-5424 (in state only)

Minnesota Department of Human Services Information (651) 431-2000 or 1-800-657-3756

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, Links to the World Health

Other Resources

ClearWay Minnesota, formerly Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco (MPAAT) Toll free hotline to quit smoking 1-888-354-7526.
Sign up on the Web at www.quitplan.com

Minnesota's Health Reform Initiative with links to Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP); Health care homes; Payment reform; Quality measurement and cost/quality transparency; e-Health; Insurance coverage and affordability; Other activities

HIPAA, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HIPAA privacy rule for protection of personal health information. Reach our Region 5 office by mail at Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 233 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 240, Chicago, IL 60601 or call 312 886-2359 and leave a message for a return call.

HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
Portability to keep your health coverage when you change jobs.

Kaiser Family Foundation for information on health care topics they research

Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) for a form to list your medicines and tips for medicine safety

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (612) 617-2130 or 1-800-657-3709

Minnesota’s Bookstore (651) 297-3000 or 1-800-657-3757

Minnesota Community Measurement (612) 455-2911 Web site shows how clinics/medical groups and hospitals perform in providing certain medical services to their patients. Also compares costs of some services. An annual report provides this data.

Minnesota Council of Health Plans (651) 645-0099

MinnesotaHealthInfo.org Links to information on cost and quality of health care, buying health care, managing your health conditions, and staying healthy.

MinnesotaHelp.info An online directory of community resources providing aid and assistance to all ages

Minnesota Hospital Association, formerly Minnesota Hospital and HealthCare Partnership (651) 641-1121 or 1-800-462-5393

Minnesota Prevention Resource Center For information regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use prevention.

Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco The organization's name changed in 2006 to ClearWay Minnesota. Toll free hotline to quit smoking 1-888-354-7526. Sign up on the Web at www.quitplan.com

National Health Information Center 1-800-336-4797 A federal government health information referral service. Also see www.healthfinder.gov for health information and publications.

Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (651) 757-1800 or 1-800-657-3506, TTY/Voice 711

Office of Ombudsman for Long Term Care (formerly called Office of Ombudsman for Older Minnesotans) (651) 431-2555 or 1-800-657-3591, TDD/TTY: 711

Ombudsman for State Managed Health Care Programs (651) 431-2660 or 1-800-657-3729, TTY: Voice 711 Takes certain complaints from enrollees on public programs (access, services, benefits). They do not take complaints regarding eligibility for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.

QuitPlan provides free assistance to Minnesotans to quit smoking.

United Health Foundation for annual state health rankings

 

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Updated Friday, October 24, 2014 at 03:42PM