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2018 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

A Message from CEO Leota Lind

Vision Statement: South Country Health Alliance will continue to be a fierce advocate for the health and well-being of people living in rural Minnesota.

Last year, South Country Health Alliance created a new vision statement to make sure we never lose sight of what matters most.

Our communities and members are the center of everything we do. We are not only committed to the communities we serve, but we promise to advocate for the health and well-being of the people living in them.

To us, advocacy includes everyone. Each of us has a voice when it comes to promoting our best possible health.

South Country Health Alliance
We work closely with other Minnesota county-based purchasing health plans to advocate for improving access to health care services in rural communities.

Rural Minnesotans face unique challenges when it comes to getting the health care they need. We spend time with state and federal legislators to raise awareness about rural health issues and build stronger policy supporting better access to care for all Minnesotans.

Our county partners, Community Care Connectors, and providers carry out the important role of working directly with our members every day. We rely on them to help us understand the particular needs in their communities so we can create programs and services that address gaps in health care.

These collaborative partnerships have helped us develop several effective programs for members:

  • DiamondView health information exchange for improved patient care transitions
  • RideConnect transportation to get members to and from their health care appointments
  • Healthy Pathways for early mental health intervention
  • Case management to combat opioid addiction and overdose

You, Our Members
Our mission is to empower and engage members to be as healthy as they can be. We believe you too have a meaningful role to play in advocating for your own health.

Take an active role in your health care, ask questions, and be prepared. At South Country Health Alliance, we want to hear from you about your wishes and concerns. We are here to help you and support you so you can achieve your best possible health.

As we look forward to another year, I want to thank you for being a member of South Country Health Alliance. Together, we will continue to advocate for the communities that we all share.


Financial Statement Summary

January-December 2017

South Country Health Alliance’s capital and surplus grew by $5.4 million in 2017. Increase revenues more than off-set increased costs for health care claims, contributing to an overall net surplus for the year. This result enhanced South Country Health Alliance’s financial position, which remains strong —an important factor for the ongoing protection of our members.

South Country Health Alliance receives its revenue from the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services based on membership. This revenue pays for our members’ medical expenses. In 2017, South Country Health Alliance was charged $252.9 million for members’ health care expenses. This was 91% of total expenses. The remainder was spread between claim adjustment and cost containment expense, and general administrative expense.

South Country Health Alliance had nearly $31.2 million set aside in claim liability reserves on our balance sheet at December 31, 2017, for future member medical benefit payments. In addition to these reserves, South Country Health Alliance had capital and surplus of $25.8 million, which exceeds the statutory net worth requirements of the State of Minnesota.

Complete audited financial statements are available upon request.

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