If you have health insurance finding a healthcare provider just takes a few phone calls.
- There will be a phone number somewhere on your insurance card, usually a toll-free one. Call it and give the representative your ID number (which is on the front of your card). They may ask you to verify other information as well.
- Explain that you are a student in Minneapolis, Minnesota and need to see a health care professional. Answer their questions truthfully – they need to know what type of doctor to look up for you.
- Health insurance companies often have different tiers of coverage. Ask for providers that offer the highest level of coverage in your tier.
- If you need to walk or take the bus, let them know that distance is an important factor for you. The representative will most likely give you the names and numbers of a few different doctors or clinics that meet your needs.
- Call the providers and see who has a location and appointment availability that will work for you. Confirm that they accept your insurance company.
If you do not have insurance there are still options for you to get healthcare when needed.
Minute Clinics can diagnose and treat many common illnesses such as strep throat, bronchitis, ear infections and the flu. The cost averages about $49 dollars, and they also accept most insurances. There is a location in the 5th Street Towers, which is just a few blocks from IPR. For more locations and other details, check out: www.minuteclinic.com
Target also has a clinic that operates under the same principles as the Minute Clinic. Their pricing and services are comparable, and there is one very close to IPR (900 Nicollet Ave). For more details and locations, go to: www.target.com/clinic
Neighborhood Involvement Program
2431 Hennepin Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55405
N.I.P. offers a variety of health care and social services. N.I.P.’s small staff and large group of caring volunteers
provide effective, affordable services that clients appreciate and can use to improve the quality of their lives.
Services are available to uninsured or underinsured persons of all ages. They are free or offered on a flexible,
sliding fee scale based on income and family size. Clients are expected to be responsible for their accounts
and to pay on a regular basis; however, no one is refused service if they cannot pay.
Visits are by appointment only.
N.I.P. Community Clinic
Mon-Thur: 9 am – 5 pm, 6 pm – 8 pm
Fri: 9 am – 4 pm
Closed Weekdays 12 pm – 1 pm & 5 pm – 6 pm
The primary goal of the clinic is to provide quality, low-cost medical and dental services to the community’s
low-income, uninsured and underinsured persons.
* Non-emergency medical care
* GYN exams
* Physical Exams
* STD testing & treatment
* Rapid HIV Testing
* Family Planning / Birth control
* Pregnancy Testing
* Pediatrics (limited to availability)
* Dental Cleaning
* Dental Exams
* Dental X-rays
* Health Education
There are 19 experienced professionals on staff, complimented by a large volunteer force. These volunteers
include Dentists, Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Dental Hygienists, Nurses,
Pharmacists, Lab Techs, Dental Assistants, and Receptionists.
N.I.P. Counseling Center
Mon-Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Evenings by Appointment
The Counseling Center’s mission is to provide effective, affordable counseling and educational services.
Common issues explored with clients include depression, anxiety, intimacy and relationships, family problems,
life goals and career planning, sexual orientation, grief and loss, self-esteem and self-care and support for
making life changes.
* Individual Psychotherapy
* Therapy and Support groups for adults
* Couples Therapy
Please do not e-mail with counseling issues as we do not provide online counseling services.
Clinical services are provided by graduate students from Master’s and Doctoral degree programs in
Psychology and Social Work, volunteer therapists with a minimum of a Master’s degree in a mental health
field and licensed staff psychotherapists. A team of supervisors holding licenses in psychology or social work
closely supervise the students, along with the N.I.P. Mental Health Programs Director.
Hennepin County Medical Center
701 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55415
General Information: 612.873.3000
There are three main hospital entrances at HCMC:
Purple Building —716 S. 7th Street
Red Building — 730 S. 8th Street
Blue Building — 900 S. 8th Street
The Medicine Clinics provide evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of adult health problems and offer primary
and preventative health services. These services are provided by an interdisciplinary health care team, which includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, psychologists, pharmacists, and social workers.
Access Primary Care Clinic
A good choice for first-time patients. Staff will schedule a meeting with you to discuss all of your health and wellness concerns and ask about your preferences such as convenient days and times and whether you prefer a male or female doctor. Same day walk-in appointments are available.
Location: Level 7 of the Purple Building
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8am – 3pm
If you need treatment for a particular problem quickly, but it is not an emergency, the walk-in clinic is a good choice. Testing and counseling for sexually transmitted diseases is also available.
Location: Level 5 of the Purple Building
Hours: Every day, 8am – 11am, 1pm – 4 pm
Urgent Care is operated by the Emergency Medicine Department. It provides care for acute, epidosdic illness
or injury. In other words, if you have a health problem and truly can’t wait until regular hours to get in to a primary care clinic but aren’t in a life-threatening situation requiring emergency care, urgent care is the answer.
Location: Level 1 of the Blue Building
Entrance is on 7th Street Between Chicago Avenue and 10th Avenue
Open 365 days a year; 9 am – 7 pm
Walk – in service, no appointment is necessary
Emergency consults: 1.800.424.4262
Location: Level 1 of the Red Building
Services provided range from preventive to chronic. They include general dental care, specialty care, adult and pediatric care under general anesthesia, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and specialty care to patients with compromising medical, physical, mental and emotional conditions. Reconstructive services with maxillofacial prostheses, management of TMJ dysfunction and care of emergency and trauma cases are provided. Most major insurances are accepted and fee-for-service is also an option.
Location: Level 7 of the Purple Building
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm
Paying For Your HCMC Care
If you have insurance, present your insurance card when you register or check-in for your visit. You will need to pay for any charges not covered by your insurance, health plan, or public program. For example, you must pay any deductibles, co-pays, or non-covered services. Please ask your insurance company or health plan about your health care coverage. If you have no insurance or limited coverage, you may get a Hennepin Care discount. If the proper information is given at registration, the discount will appear on your bill. You may get an additional discount, based on your income. Call 612.873.3073 for more information. If you think you cannot pay your bill within 30 days, please contact Patient Accounting Customer Service at 612.873.3073 right away to talk about payment arrangement.
Health Insurance Options
Minnesota Care, or MN Care, is a subsidized health care program available to those who meet specific
eligibility requirements. You usually pay a very small premium, which is adjusted according to your income. The
following are the basic eligibility requirements for MN Care.
- You need to have lived in Minnesota for 180 days.
- For a household of one, income cannot exceed $16,752.
- You must not have access to employer-subsidized health care coverage.
- You must not have had access to health care coverage through your current employer during the past 18 months.
- You must be without health insurance for 4 months prior to MN Care application.
MN Care coverage includes a wide range of services, such as: prescriptions, immunizations, doctor and healthcare clinic visits, eye exams, mental health services, and emergency room visits. For a complete list of covered services and more details on eligibility requirements, go to www.dhs.state.mn.us . You can also print out the application forms online; if you need them mailed to you, or have further questions, call 800.657.3672.
Affordable Health Care from Blue Cross Blue Shield
- $1000.00 annually on office visits.
- $200.00 annually on routine physicals, eye exams, and cancer screenings.
- 100% coverage on all generic brand prescriptions (including antibiotics and contraceptives).
- $25.00 flat co-pay on all non-generic prescriptions.
- A $5000.00 deductible exists for anything other than prescriptions after the $1200.00 BCBS coverage is exhausted. Everything after the $5000.00 deductible is covered at 100%
- $20.00 monthly allowance toward a health club membership if you attend at least 12 times monthly.
- No maternity coverage available.
- Age 18: $92.50 / month
- Ages 19-29: $105.50 / month
- Ages 30+: $116.50 / month
- Your local BCBS sales representative is Edie at 651.662.8095.