The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) announced late July that South Country Health Alliance’s coverage for MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance would be discontinued in all but one county, threatening the survival of the health plan.
Following a mediation hearing held mid-September, DHS reconsidered its decision, and South Country will be included as one of two potential Managed Care plans in each of the 11 counties for MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance.
“We are pleased with Commissioner Jesson’s decision, but also recognize more work needs to be done to clarify state statutes regarding county-based purchasing,” said Joint Powers Board Chair Dan Rechtzigel, Goodhue County Commissioner. “We will work with our legislators to improve existing law so this unfortunate situation never happens again.”
South Country was overwhelmed with support from counties, legislators, providers, and members.
“We greatly appreciate your encouraging words and actions in support of our organization,” said South Country CEO Leota Lind. “On behalf of everyone at South Country Health Alliance, we thank you and look forward to continuing to serve you.”