Having a health care plan allows people to see a doctor when they need to, prevent medical bills from piling up, stop putting medical needs on hold and ultimately take charge of their health. In an effort to reach uninsured or underinsured people in need of health care coverage, the state awarded Dakota County a grant to encourage and facilitate enrollment into a health insurance plan through MNsure — the state’s health insurance exchange website.
As part of the project, Dakota County’s certified MNsure application counselors will partner with nonprofit organizations to help people sign up for health care coverage. These application counselors spend four hours each week at the partner organizations helping people navigate the website and explain the options available based on income and other factors.
By calling the following organizations, people can sign up for a one-hour appointment with an application counselor:
- 360 Communities Burnsville, 952-985-5300
- 360 Communities Rosemount, 651-322-5113
- Hastings Family Service, 651-437-7134
- Neighbors, Inc., South St. Paul, 651-455-5000
- Dakota County Employment and Economic Assistance, West St. Paul, 651-554-5611
Application counselors can also provide information on other programs and services that might be of interest.
In addition to working with the nonprofit organizations, Dakota County Community Services is working with the Dakota County Library, Portico Healthnet and others to hold several library workshops to assist people in applying for health insurance through MNsure. Find out more about Library workshops.