Health Information Clearinghouse Resource List - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Health Information Clearinghouse Resource List

The information below is provided for information purposes. We make no endorsements or recommendations regarding any of the following listings.


Cover All Kids Information on health coverage and preventive care for Minnesota's children and families Kids Count Children's Defense Fund Minnesota (651) 227-6121.

Federal government sites

Agency for Health Care Research and Quality
(301) 427-1104

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,
formerly Health Care Financing Administration
(410) 786-3000 (recording only)

Food and Drug Administration,
U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
(612) 334-4100 (local office)

Health and Human Services
Health and Human Services provides consumer's with health and health services information

Maternal and Child Health information
Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medicare information, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

National Library of Medicine

Health - Health Coverage

List of health plan companies (PDF)
that are licensed to sell to individuals and families in Minnesota.

Minnesota Department of Human Services
 Health coverage offered through the following public programs: Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare

Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association (MCHA)
1-866-894-8053  Health coverage for people who are high risk and cannot get covered in the private market due to pre-existing conditions. For MCHA Medicare supplement call (952) 992-2345 or 1-800-906-5432.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Insurance options for individuals, families, small employers, and self-insured. Also has information on prevention, quality, health reform law, health coverage information.

Consumer Information on Health Plans, Health Benefits Education Campaign various federal publications on COBRA, HIPAA Portability, more
Consumer information on COBRA/Minnesota continuation coverage and portability

Free or Reduced Cost Health Care

Hennepin County
formerly Assured Care, for Hennepin County residents who do not qualify for other public programs (612) 348-6141

(320) 240-3157 or 1-800-575-2982

Children’s Defense Fund (651) 227-6121

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, metro area (651) 431-5940, TTY 888-206-6513

Essential Community Providers, for high-risk and special needs individuals and individuals with limited access to health care services

Community Health Service Inc. (218) 236-6502 or 1-800-842-8693
Minnesota Department of Health, Refugee Health Program Health Resources Directory for Diverse Cultural Communities (651) 201-5414

Portico Healthnet, formerly Metro East Health Program, (651) 603-5100, for residents of Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Washington counties who don't qualify for other public programs. Portico Healthnet Clinic Referral Line (651) 489-2273 or toll free 1-866-489-4899 (Calls previously answered by the Neighborhood Health Care Network to assist callers looking for lower cost clinics.)

Sage Screening Program, formerly the Minnesota Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, 1-888-643-2584

United Way 2-1-1, formerly United Way - First Call for Help,  Call 211 or 1-800-543-7709 to reach your local area. Twin Cities area can also use (651) 291-0211. Provides information about and referrals for health services, health issues, counseling, child care, legal help, transportation, and more.

Lower Cost Dental Services

Minneapolis District Dental Society (651) 631-9845

Minnesota Dental Association (651) 767-8400 or 1-800-950-3368
Portico Healthnet Clinic Referral Line (651) 489-2273 or toll free 1-866-489-4899 (Calls previously answered by the Neighborhood Health Care Network.)

St. Paul District Dental Society (651) 697-0831

University of Minnesota Dental Clinic (612) 625-2495

Lower Cost Prescription Drugs

The Minnesota Board on Aging, Senior LinkAge Line helps callers locate lower cost prescription drugs 1-800-333-3433.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance Program 1-888-477-2669

Patient Assistance Programs you can link to yourself: Needymeds and Rxassist

Public Programs

Medical Assistance

Local county human services agencies phone numbers

Minnesota Care (651) 297-3862 or 1-800-657-3672, TTY 1-800-627-3529

Public Health Improvement Goals

Healthy People 2020 National public health improvement goals to achieve by 2020. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotions, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services   Information and links to resources for older Americans and those who serve the aging.

Benefits CheckUp Information on more than 1,000 state and federal programs for older Americans. Site sponsor is the National Council on the Aging.


  • Medicare Issues Hotline 1-800-633-4227
  • Processing of Medicare Part A claims, Noridian Administrative Services, 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
  • Processing of Medicare Part B claims, Wisconsin Physician Services, 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
  • For medical equipment and supplies problems/questions, Administar Inc., 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)

Minnesota Board on Aging (651) 431-2500 or 1-800-882-6262   Provides information and resources for seniors and caregivers.

Social Security Administration 1-800-772-1213; Minneapolis office (612) 870-2000

Senior LinkAge Line® 1-800-333-2433 Provides health insurance counseling and referral resources for seniors.


Veterans Linkage Line 1-888-546-5838 (1-888-LINKVET), TTY: 1-800-627-3529. Provides veterans and family members with information or resources on veterans' benefits, claims, health care, counseling, and many other topics.

(Selected) Minnesota State Agencies

Phone Directories for State of Minnesota (Enter name of agency)

Minnesota Attorney Generals Office, Consumer Protection Division
Information (651) 296-6196, Citizen Assistance (651) 296-3353 or 1-800-657-3787

Minnesota Department of Commerce

  • Information (651) 296-4026 or 1-800-657-3602
  • Consumer Education and Protection Division, Consumer Response Team (enforcement for health insurance complaints) (651) 296-2488

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
Information (651) 201-5000

Minnesota Department of Human Services Information (651) 431-2000 or 1-800-657-3756

Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, Links to the World – Health

Other Resources

ClearWay Minnesota, formerly Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco (MPAAT) Toll free hotline to quit smoking 1-888-354-7526.
Sign up at Quitplan

HIPAA, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HIPAA privacy rule for protection of personal health information. Reach our Region 5 office by mail at Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, 233 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 240, Chicago, IL 60601 or call 312 886-2359 and leave a message for a return call.

Kaiser Family Foundation for information on health care topics they research

Minnesota Alliance for Patient Safety (MAPS) for a form to list your medicines and tips for medicine safety

Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (612) 617-2130 or 1-800-657-3709

Minnesota’s Bookstore (651) 297-3000 or 1-800-657-3757

Minnesota Community Measurement (612) 455-2911 Web site shows how clinics/medical groups and hospitals perform in providing certain medical services to their patients. Also compares costs of some services. An annual report provides this data.

Minnesota Council of Health Plans (651) 645-0099 An online directory of community resources providing aid and assistance to all ages

Minnesota Hospital Association, formerly Minnesota Hospital and HealthCare Partnership (651) 641-1121 or 1-800-462-5393

Minnesota Prevention Resource Center For information regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use prevention.

National Health Information Center 1-800-336-4797 A federal government health information referral service. Also see for health information and publications.

Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (651) 757-1800 or 1-800-657-3506, TTY/Voice 711

Office of Ombudsman for Long Term Care (formerly called Office of Ombudsman for Older Minnesotans) (651) 431-2555 or 1-800-657-3591, TDD/TTY: 711

Ombudsman for State Managed Health Care Programs (651) 431-2660 or 1-800-657-3729, TTY: Voice 711 Takes certain complaints from enrollees on public programs (access, services, benefits). They do not take complaints regarding eligibility for Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare.

QuitPlan provides free assistance to Minnesotans to quit smoking.

United Health Foundation for annual state health rankings

Updated Wednesday, 24-Jul-2019 13:46:50 CDT