Resources for Uninsured/Under Insured Individuals

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This week’s blog will be about what an uninsured/underinsured individual does when they need to see a doctor or have medical bills they are not able to pay.  Hundreds of thousands of people in Minnesota are without health insurance currently.  People without health insurance are less likely to seek help for their medical needs and mental health needs.  I will provide some helpful information about some medical providers in the St. Cloud area and go over some Medical Assistance and Minnesota care information.

  • St. Cloud Hospital

1406 6th Ave N

St. Cloud MN 56303

320.251.2700

The St. Cloud hospital billing department told me that they offer a 40% discount for uninsured individuals.  They also have charity care that can help cover cost that your insurance may not cover.  The charity care assistance is based on income.

  • CentraCare Health System

The CentraCare Health System offers discounts to uninsured/underinsured individuals for those with incomes less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.  Here is the link for a financial assistance application and additional information about CentraCare Health Systems discounts and income guidelines: http://www.centracare.com/finanical-assistance/

  • St. Cloud Medical Group Clinics

Northwest Medical Group                  South Medical Group

251 Connecticut Ave S                       1301 33rd St S
Sartell, MN 56377                              St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: (320) 202-8949                       Phone: (320) 251-8181
Fax: (320) 257-1733                           Fax: (320) 257-1733

Medical Group hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm.

Express Care hours are Monday-Friday 2:30pm-930pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm.

The hours are the same for both clinics.  They also have clinics in Cold Spring and Clearwater.

The St. Cloud Medical Group Clinics require a $50.00 fee when you check in and before you are seen.  That money does get subtracted off of your bill.  The Medical Group does have an Express Care so if you cannot get an appointment anywhere this is an option if you can afford $50.00 to be seen.  They also have a charity care assistance that would require filling out an application and providing pay stubs and last year’s taxes for proofs of income.

  • CVS Minute Clinic

2420 Division Street
St. Cloud, MN 56301

Phone: 320-253-5366

MinuteClinic Hours

M-F 08:30 AM – 07:30 PM

Sat 09:00 AM – 05:30 PM

Sun 10:00 AM – 05:30 PM

The CVS Minute Clinic is for non emergency treatments.  Minor types of treatment may be more affordable to receive them at a minute clinic versus a medical clinic.  I will provide to link for services and fees.  The fees for the service are to be paid in full before you receive them.  Payments can be made by cash, check, or credit cards and most insurance’s are accepted if you do have insurance.  I called the minute clinic to see what age children had to be to be seen and the representative told me it was 18 months in Minnesota and it may vary state to state.  I know the website says 24 months.  They also offer flu shots and lab draws.  Here is the link to services and costs http://www.minuteclinic/services/

  • Health Partners Clinic

2251 Connecticut Ave S
Sartell, Minnesota 56377
(320) 253-5220

Clinic hours are Monday-Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday – closed

Health Partners Clinics offer a 15% discount to uninsured individuals.  A down payment is due for the service that is being provided.  Down payments can vary depending on the services being received.  Health Partners Clinic also has an advocate on hand to help people with charity care and other medical financial help.  Another service they provide is free daycare for children at their Healthy Kid Club daycare.  Parents are able to receive free daycare for their child ages newborn to 9 years old while they are being seen at the clinic.  The Healthy Kids Club is open Monday-Friday 8:30-5pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

  • Health Partners Health Station

Coborns Superstore

110 1st St S

Sauk Rapids, MN 56379

(320) 253-5220

Clinic hours are Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am -4pm

This clinic is a nonemergency clinic located in the Coborns in Sauk Rapids, MN.  You do not need an appointment and the services are provided on a first come first serve bases.  Payments of service are due up front and in full.  Here is a link of services and cost http://healthpartnershealthstation.com/pages/PricingServices .  Payments are accepted by cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or debit card.  All major insurances are accepted as well if you have insurance.

  • Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care

Many of the charity care donations require you to first apply for Medical assistance or Minnesota Care first before receiving other financial help for medical bills that the hospital or clinic has billed you for.  Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care will help cover medical expenses up to three months previous before you are officially enrolled in one of the health care programs.  Here is a link to see if you may qualify for Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care and additional information about the programs http://www.edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/ifserver/public/dhs-4932-ENG .  Here is a link for the Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care application http://www.edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-3417-ENG

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!  I hope by providing these resources it will help more people to know about them and use them.  If you have any further questions, concerns, suggestions or comments you can email me at jmaescherer@gmail.com and I’ll try to answer or take them into consideration. Thanks and have a good one!

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