During this unprecedented time, families are being asked to support their children in a sudden switch to Distance Learning, all while handling new stresses related to routine changes, job loss or insecurity, concerns for health and safety of loved ones… the list goes on and on. NWPHS staff are gathering resources to support you as we all adapt to our new and quickly-changing reality.
Health Care and Insurance
Governor Tim Walz and MNsure announced a 30-day special enrollment period (SEP) for qualified individuals who are currently without insurance in response to the potential growth of COVID-19 cases. This SEP, which begins Monday, March 23 and runs through April 21, will allow uninsured individuals 30 days to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure.org.
Individuals seeking coverage can visit MNsure.org to complete an application and enroll in coverage. Plans selected by April 21 will have a retroactive coverage start date beginning April 1.
- MNsure has a statewide network of expert assisters who can help Minnesotans apply and enroll, free of charge.
- MNsure’s online help tools can be used to access frequently requested services.
- The MNsure Contact Center is open between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday at 651-539-2099 or 855-366-7873.
Individuals and families that qualify for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or Medicaid can enroll at any time of the year, and there are enrollment options online, by phone, by mail or in person. For more information visit insurekidsnow.gov or healthcare.gov
Apply for unemployment benefits online (using link above) or by phone to know if you are eligible. Phone number (for Twin Cities area): 612-296-3644
United Way Emergency Assistance–Call 1-866-211-9966 and provide your zipcode to get connected to organizations in your area that have access to COVID-19 Economic Relief funds.