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Program: Testing, Screening, and Telemedicine Locations and Post COVID Care

Agency: Coronavirus 2020 - 2021

Resource Number: 67354678
Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)​

Multi-lingual materials regarding public health guidelines are available in Spanish, Somali, Hmong, and English

Multi-lingual materials regarding testing are available in SpanishSomaliHmong, and English

4/3/2020 Minnesota health plans to waive cost-sharing for COVID-19 treatment
Those with commercial insurance will no longer foot a bill if they're hospitalized because of the virus – provided the hospital is in-network through the end of 2020. Those with individual, small business and some large business plans will be eligible for the following benefits: 
  • No cost-sharing charges for COVID testing.
  • Those hospitalized will have no cost-sharing charges for in-network hospitalization.
  • Expanded access to telemedicine services, helping people stay home and access care.
The health plan providers that have agreed to this include Blue Cross and Blue Shield Minnesota, HealthPartners, Hennepin Health, Medica, PreferredOne, and UCare.

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Minnesota Helpline
Call (800)657-3504 or (651)297-1304, 9 am - 4 pm Monday - Friday

7/15/2020 Update: Uninsured Minnesotans can get free COVID-19 tests
Many uninsured Minnesotans can get tested for COVID-19 at no cost during the federal public health emergency, thanks to a new health care option. The state will cover the cost of testing for individuals who apply and meet all of the following conditions:
  • Be a resident of Minnesota
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or lawfully present noncitizen with an immigration status that qualifies for Medical Assistance
  • Provide their Social Security number unless they meet an exception for not having one
  • Not be enrolled in any other health insurance
How to apply
Information can be found on the Minnesota Department of Human Services website at www.mn.gov/dhs/health-care-coverage. The site also has information about programs to help Minnesotans having a hard time paying their health care bills during the pandemic. Uninsured Minnesotans can print the application for free COVID-19 testing. They can also ask the health care provider administering their COVID-19 test for the application, or call the DHS Health Care Consumer Support team at (651)431-3994 or (800)366-5414 to request an application be mailed to them. Applicants will get a notice in the mail with a response to their request.

Testing Sites

Ongoing COVID-19 Testing Sites
  • State of Minnesota map provides location, type of testing and hours information on clinics that offer testing. It can be filtered by city or county. Tests are free. Results vary from site to site as to when the individual will receive them.
  • Health Gauge provides a testing center located in the north parking lot of the Mall of America 7900 24th Avenue South Bloomington, MN 55425. Tests are $99 per person and individuals can check with their insurance provider for potential coverage. Results are provided the same day the test is provided. Visit website to book appointment.
Date and Time-Limited COVID-19 Testing SitesCosts of COVID-19 Testing

Private Insurance
All the companies that sell private health insurance plans through MNsure are waiving co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles related to coronavirus diagnostic testing. The approximately 125,000 Minnesotans who are enrolled in those plans will have no charges for testing done in compliance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People concerned that they may have contracted the coronavirus may not have to worry about paying much, if anything, for tests. But they may see bills for office visit and other costs, depending on their insurer and plan. 
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota announced it will cover the full cost of medically necessary diagnostic tests that follow CDC guidelines and waive all patient cost-sharing for treatments associated with the coronavirus. That policy applies to people with individual and employer-provided insurance, as well as those on Medicare-related plans. There are no co-pay, co-insurance or deductible costs for the tests. The health insurer says self-insured employers may also choose to follow the same no-cost policy.
  • HealthPartners said members do not have to pay for a COVID-19 laboratory test, no matter where the test is performed. There’s also no member cost for in-network office or urgent care visits associated with the test and diagnosis. This includes the cost of the care visit associated with testing. Medica said it will waive co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles related to COVID-19 testing for all fully insured group, individual and Medicare members
  • Medicare said due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency, doctors and other health care providers can use telehealth services to treat COVID-19 (and for other medically reasonable purposes) from offices, hospitals, and places of residence (like homes, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities) as of Friday, March 6, 2020. Medicare will pay for these services for patients who have seen the health care provider or another health care provider in the same practice. Coinsurance and deductibles apply.
  • Self-insured employers may also choose to waive testing fees
  • UCare says it will cover all copays, coinsurance or deductibles for clinician-ordered tests meeting CDC guidelines. The insurer will also cover copays, coinsurance or deductibles for medically necessary clinic and urgent care services when a COVID-19 test is administered. Coinsurance, copays and deductibles for members who receive in-network hospital services to treat COVID-19 are being covered through 2020.
  • UnitedHealthcare has waived all copays, coinsurance and deductibles, for diagnostic testing provided at approved locations in accordance with CDC guidelines. PreferredOne will cover medically necessary laboratory testing ordered by network providers. Prior authorization is not required, and there are no co-pay, co-insurance or deductible costs for testing.
Uninsured Individuals
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has released guidelines for individuals who have no health insurance and want a COVID-19 test.  The full statement or bulletin can be found here. The Minnesota Legislature authorized a new Medical Assistance (MA) coverage group for those who are uninsured to cover testing and diagnosis of COVID-19. This change eliminates the financial barriers that might prevent someone who needs testing for COVID-19 from seeking care, increasing public health risks. The new coverage group is effective Friday, May 1, 2020, and ends when the COVID-19 peacetime emergency ends.

COVID Near You
Created by epidemiologists and software developers at Harvard, Boston Children’s Hospital and a group of volunteers from across the technology industry. Uses crowdsourced data to visualize maps to help citizens and public health agencies identify current and potential hotspots for the pandemic. Relies on voluntary participation from the general public, asking individuals to take a few seconds to report if they or their family member has been healthy or sick. Individuals can enter their zip code to find out how many people in their area have used the site to report respiratory symptoms. The Minnesota Department of Health is encouraging everyone to use the site and answer, whether they’re healthy or have symptoms. Visit Website

At-Home Testing

Minnesota Department of Health
  • Provides home saliva tests for any Minnesota resident who believe they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Individuals can order a test online that will be shipped to their home, along with a prepaid package to return it. Individuals log onto a website and do a video visit with their health care provider who provides instructions for doing the test. The test is then sent to a lab in Oakdale, MN. Once it arrives at the lab, individuals get test results by email as soon as 24-48 hours. Households can request up to 5 tests. Visit website for more information and to request a test.
Pixel by LabCorp
  • Offers an at-home kit for $119 for healthcare workers and first responders who may have been exposed to COVID-19 or may be symptomatic to collect a nasal swab sample and ship it to their lab. A doctor's order is required to receive the kit. Depending on the severity of symptoms, individuals may not receive a test kit and will instead be directed to contact a healthcare professional for help. The test is designed to determine active infection with the virus that causes COVID-19; it is not designed to determine the presence of antibodies or assess immunity. Visit Website
Screening with Possible Referrals to Test Sites

  • Allows users to screen themselves for coronavirus symptoms. Start Screening
Essentia Health
  • Provides an online E-visit for free for individuals who think they may have COVID-19. A physician or advanced practitioner will evaluate symptoms and provide care or self-quarantine instructions
  • If it is determined in the E-visit that the individual needs testing, they will be instructed to go to a testing site located in Baxter, Detroit Lakes EMS Station, Duluth or Virginia in Minnesota, or Fargo in North Dakota
  • Testing ordered as a result of the screening could incur a charge
  • Individuals will be called to notify them of their test results. If the individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will receive self-quarantine and care instructions.
  • Call (833)494-0836 with questions or concerns. Visit website for E-visit.
​​Mayo Clinic Health System in Southeast Minnesota
  • Offers patients who meet criteria for COVID-19 testing a drive-through screening process. Patients experiencing symptoms should take the following steps:
    • First, call their primary care clinic/provider for a phone screening. If they meet the criteria for testing, patients will be directed to the nearest drive-through testing location. Locations in southeast Minnesota include Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, Red Wing and Rochester. Patients can call the nurse triage line (507)293-9525 to be directed to a mobile testing site also.
      • At the drive-through location, Mayo Clinic Health System staff will collect the specimens using appropriate precautions
      • The specimens will then be sent to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for analysis
      • Patients will be advised of next steps
Olmsted Medical Center
  • Coronavirus Nurse Triage Center (507)292-7266 provides information about testing
Ridgeview eCare
  • Provides a screening questionnaire based on CDC guidelines to help individuals determine the most appropriate level of care. Depending on answers provided, an online e-visit with a physician may be recommended and provided. 
  • Visit website
Telemedicine for COVID-19 Symptom Assessment

Allina Health
  • Provides a free 15 minute COVID-19 assessment
  • A provider will review information and email next steps
  • Screening
Individuals enrolled in the medical plan with Cigna have the following changes made to their coverage:
  • Waived cost-sharing for office visits related to COVID-19 testing through 2020
  • Waived cost-sharing for telehealth screenings for COVID-19 through 2020
  • Making it easier to be treated virtually for routine medical examinations by in-network physicians
  • Free home delivery of up to 90-day supplies for Rx maintenance medications available through the Express Scripts Pharmacy and 24/7 access to pharmacists
  • Resources for managing anxiety and improving resiliency
For additional information, read the full announcement here.
Individuals can use their online account to access virtual care, visit myCigna.com®, to talk with a doctor or nurse, 24/7, without having to leave home. Questions regarding care, contact Member Services at 1-800-244-6224.

M Health Fairview Virtual Clinic – OnCare
  • 24 hours/7 days a week online clinic
  • Regular online clinic services are provided for a cost
  • Evaluation for COVID-19 or upper respiratory infection symptoms are provided for free
  • Screening
  • (800)824-1953
Park Nicollet and HealthPartners Virtual Clinic - Virtuwell
  • 24 hours/7 days a week online clinic
  • Costs $49 for those without insurance, and offered at a lesser cost for those with insurance
  • Provides a free assessment for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Screening
Saint Luke’s
  • Call Nurse Triage Line: (218)249-4200
  • eCare Screening
  • Visit Saint Luke’s Respiratory Clinic at Miller Creek Medical Clinic & Urgent Care 4190 Loberg Avenue Hermantown, MN 55811 8 am – 5 pm/7 days a week
Post COVID Care Centers (PCCC)

COVID care facilities offer aftercare with comprehensive and coordinated treatment to patients recovering from COVID-19. Each clinic has either Multidisciplinary Long-Term Recovery (the most comprehensive) Rehabilitation and Therapy (focus is on rehabilitation) and/or Acute COVID-19 Recovery (focus is on improved function after severe illness or hospitalization, often in-patient services).


Allina Health offers 54 locations and virtual visits for Post COVID Recovery
  • To find a location, click here.
  • To make an appointment, call (612)292-7900
M Health Fairview Adult Post-COVID Clinic
500 Boynton Health Service Bridge, 410 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Multidisciplinary Long-Term Recovery: Treats post-COVID patients who have either been hospitalized and are 3-4 weeks post-hospital discharge or have not been hospitalized but exhibit ongoing functional deficits. Services offered:
  • Virtual health assessment
  • Individualized treatment plan
  • Referring the patient to appropriate specialists
  • Featured specialties include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pulmonary rehab, cardiac rehab, neuropsychology and behavioral health
To make an appointment, call Adult Care: (612)626-6688; Pediatric Care: (612)365-6777

M Health Fairview ICU Survivorship Clinic
1600 St. John's Boulevard, Suite 201, Maplewood, MN 55109

Acute COVID-19 Recovery: Provides centralized multi-disciplinary care for critical illness survivors. Patients are seen by pulmonary/critical care specialists as well as a clinical psychologist. Patients have prolonged, complex medical recoveries after ICU admission. Services offered:
  • Help identifying unique patient needs
  • Developing a treatment plan
  • Referrals to other services if needed
To make an appointment, call Lead Physician, Dr. Sakina Naqvi (651)471‑1166
Mayo Clinic COVID-19 Activity Rehabilitation Program
Rehabilitation and Therapy: Patients with long-term COVID-19 health complications, referred to as “post-COVD syndrome” return to their pre-COVID quality of life. Services offered:
  • Treatment for a variety of post-COVID symptoms, including extreme fatigue, shortness of breath, headaches, dizziness and weakness
To make an appointment, call Physician Dr. Greg Vanichkachorn (507)284-4340

Essentia Health Offers COVID-Rehab Program
Essentia Health has launched a new program for those suffering from long-term effects from a COVID-19 illness. The Post COVID-19 Rehabilitation Program is for patients recovering from COVID and offered at all Essentia locations. The multidisciplinary approach looks different for each patient and is a mix of physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy. Patients within this program range from those who were sick with COVID but recovered at home to those who were critically ill and hospitalized. Patients can also be referred to other providers who may be able to provide additional treatment, such as ear, nose and throat specialists or behavioral health specialists. Individuals should call their local clinic for an appointment.

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