ST. PAUL (KMHL) – Gov. Tim Walz announced that Minnesota’s health plans have agreed to waive the cost sharing for treatment of COVID-19.

The move comes in response to a letter sent from the Walz administration, on March 13, urging plans to remove barriers to coverage during the pandemic.

According to Walz, the agreement means:

  • Minnesotans will have no cost-sharing charges for COVID testing.
  • Minnesotans who are hospitalized will have no cost-sharing charges for in-network hospitalization.
  • Minnesotans will have expanded access to telemedicine services. This will help people stay home and access care if they need it.

“This move will help ensure no Minnesotan has to sacrifice paying rent or buying groceries to cover a hospital bill from COVID-19,” said Gov. Walz. “I’m grateful Minnesota’s health plans are putting the health and safety of our fellow Minnesotans first during this pandemic.”

According to the governor, Minnesota’s non-profit health plans that have committed to this framework.

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • HealthPartners
  • Hennepin Health
  • Medica
  • PreferredOne
  • UCare