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Federal government sites
Agency for Health Care
Research and Quality
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)
Government Printing Office (GPO)
Maternal and Child Health information
Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health - Health Coverage
(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.
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
formerly Assured Care, for Hennepin County residents who do not qualify for other public programs (612) 348-6141
(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
Community 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
Low Cost Options for Prescription Drugs publication, Managed Care Section, Minnesota Dept. of Health
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
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 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 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 (HMO 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's Health Reform Initiative with links to Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (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.
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.
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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