The following resources can help you find low-cost services in Dakota County and the metro area. For more options, see the Community Resource Guide (Spanish). For more resource options, use the keyword "Resource Directory" in the search box.
For information about discounts on prescription drugs, see the Minnesota Department of Health or Department of Human Services.
United Way 2-1-1 (formerly First Call for Help)—651-291-0211 (24 hours/7 days per week)
Free, confidential information and referral service that links people to social service, health, educational, and recreational resources. Information is available in Somali, Russian, Hmong, and Spanish.
MinnesotaHelp.info —1-800-333-2433 (Senior LinkAge Line) or 1-866-333-2466 (Disability Linkage Line)
The Minnesota Department of Human Services, the Minnesota Board on Aging and other partners offer a searchable database of local community resources for consumers, caregivers and service providers.
Children’s Defense Fund Minnesota — 651-227-6121
Searchable directories that list health care and dental options for uninsured or poorly insured families with children. Includes information on Medical Assistance, MinnesotaCare, and other low cost or free health services available in each county in Minnesota.
Portico Healthnet helps people and families enroll into healthcare coverage, understand how to use the healthcare system, and access community resources. Portico's multi-lingual, culturally competent staff are experts at helping you navigate the complicated process of finding and understanding healthcare coverage.
They can help you:
- Apply for and keep your health insurance
- Find low-cost medical, dental, and vision resources
- Apply for sliding fee scale applications or health system charity care programs
- Navigate your way through the healthcare system
Portico provides free, personalized support in all languages. Call 651-489-CARE (2273).
Minnesota Health Information Clearinghouse – 651-201-5178
The Minnesota Department of Health has compiled an online directory of programs or agencies that provide health care services or information about services or insurance in specific situations.
Low-cost immunizations for children
If your child does not have health insurance, ask if your clinic has MnVFC vaccine. The vaccine is free, but the clinic may charge a vaccine administration fee. The Dakota County Public Health Department offers low-cost immunizations for eligible children.
NOTE: The organizations listed have varying eligibility requirements and appointment availability. Please call for current information. Inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement and is provided for information only.