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Program: Testing, Screening, and Telemedicine Locations and Information

Agency: Coronavirus 2020

Resource Number: 67354678
Minnesota Department of Health Updates
Situation Update for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)​

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. 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.

Availability of Testing
The testing capacity is limited at this time and not everybody who wants a test can receive one. Current guidelines require those who have traveled to a COVID-19 hot spot, or those who made contact with a person with a confirmed case of the disease. Government plans will soon be unveiled to allow anyone to be tested.

Minnesota Department of Health COVID-19 Minnesota Helpline: Call 1-800-657-3504 or (651)297-1304, 8 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday; 8 am - 4 pm Saturday and Sunday

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.

Ongoing COVID-19 Testing Sites
The State of Minnesota's COVID-19 website now has a webpage dedicated to 'If You Are Sick' and contains information on what the symptoms are of COVID-19 and what you should do if you're sick, and a screening tool to determine if you should get tested, and find a testing location near you.

Date and Time-Limited Testing Sites

Hennepin County:
Minneapolis is scheduling free COVID-19 testing events August 11 and 15 focused on the Latinx community. All are welcomed. The testing is available to people arriving on foot or by car.
Register onsite. Registration forms are available in English and Spanish. Spanish interpreters will be onsite. Bring insurance card if you have medical insurance.
Free COVID-19 testing focused on Latinx community members:
Date/Time: 10 am - 6 pm Saturday, August 1
Location: Incarnation-Sagrado Corazon Church, 3817 Pleasant Avenue South, Minneapolis
Date/Time: 10 am - 6 pm Saturday, August 15
Location: Incarnation-Sagrado Corazon Church, 3817 Pleasant Avenue South, Minneapolis

Free COVID-19 testing focused on PICA Head Start families
Date/Time: 11 am - 7 pm, Tuesday, August 11
Location: Fraser Early Childhood Center, 700 Humboldt Avenue North, Minneapolis
Sign up here now for an appointment, or call 1-(855)612-0677 if you can’t sign up online or need a translator to sign up.
Hmong, Somali and Spanish interpreters will be onsite

Mower County: CLOSED
The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with Mower County officials to offer community testing in Austin this weekend. Testing is free and available to anyone who wants to be tested.
Dates: Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21
Time: 11 am - 6 pm
Location: Mower County Fairgrounds, 700 12th St SW, Austin, MN 55912

Testing, Screening, and Telemedicine Locations and Information:
Ramsey County:
Ramsey County Public Health is working with community partners to offer free COVID-19 testing at two sites over the next four weekends in August. The drive-thru and walk-up testing is open to anyone, with or without symptoms. The testing is free, no insurance or ID is needed, and will be at the following locations and days:
Registration is recommended. Register for one of the testing sites
Interpreters will be available on site. Hours of the testing may expand over the month, check the testing page for the latest updates and information on other community testing sites.

Scott County CLOSED
The State of Minnesota, in partnership with Scott County Public Health, is offering free COVID-19 testing
Date: Friday, July 24
Time: 2:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Canterbury Park 1100 Canterbury Road Shakopee, MN 55379. Enter via the Barenscheer Boulevard entrance off Canterbury Road to enter Canterbury Park/Expo Center parking lot
Schedule appointment. Individuals not able to sign up online, or need a translator, can call (855)612-0677 for assistance. Residents of neighboring communities are eligible to be tested, but if they live farther away they are encouraged to be treated at their local clinic.

Watonwan County: CLOSED
The Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with Watonwan County officials to offer community testing in Madelia.Testing is free and available to anyone who wants to be tested.
Date: Wednesday, July 8
Time: 12 noon - 7 pm
Location: St. James Middle/Senior High School: 1001 10th Avenue North, St. James, MN 56081

For anyone who participated in protests, vigils or neighborhood events: CLOSED
Individuals who participated in a protest, vigil, or other neighborhood event, should get tested. There are community sites are specifically designed to serve those who live in most impacted neighborhoods and the immediate surrounding community. The State of Minnesota is free offering COVID-19 testing to people living in the communities impacted by recent large gatherings in the Twin Cities area. If an individual does not live in these neighborhoods, they should be tested at their local clinic. For help finding a nearby location, see Find Testing Locations. For additional information including FAQs, visit Minnesota Department of Health website.
Date: Tuesdays and Wednesdays: June 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
Time: 12 noon - 6 pm
Minneapolis Locations: Holy Trinity Church (walk up), 2730 East 31st Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406. New Salem Baptist Church (walk up), 2507 Bryant Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55411. Sabathani Community Center (drive up, limited walk up), 310 East 38th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409
Saint Paul Location: Oxford Community Center (Jimmy Lee) (drive up, limited walk up), 270 Lexington Parkway North, St. Paul, MN 55104
Sign up online Twin Cities Community COVID-19 Testing: Schedule your appointment or by phone (800)657-3903.

Costs 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 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.  We are covering coinsurance, copays and deductibles for members who receive in-network hospital services to treat COVID-19 through May 31, 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 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
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 HealthCIGNA
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 May 31, 2020
  • Waived cost-sharing for telehealth screenings for COVID-19 through May 31, 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: https://oncare.org/
  • (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: www.virtuwell.com/?from=call1
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

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