Frequently Asked Questions
What does the name Portico Healthnet mean?
"Portico" means entryway and "Healthnet" suggests a health care safety net. Together, these words reflect the organization’s work to provide entry into health care safety net programs for people without coverage.
Does Portico Healthnet have its own clinic(s)?
Portico Healthnet does not own or operate any clinics. Portico’s coverage participants receive care through a specified network of providers; others who are uninsured can access information about low cost and sliding fee clinics for medical, dental, and mental health care by calling Portico’s Health Access Line at 651-489-CARE (2273) or 1-866-489-4899.
How is the Portico Healthnet coverage program different from health insurance?
Portico Healthnet is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are not health insurance or an HMO. We offer access to a variety of health care services to help individuals and families stay healthy. Our coverage program pays for participants’ primary and preventive care, urgent and specialty clinic care, outpatient mental health services, prescription medications and individualized care management services. Portico does not charge premiums to pay for health services. Coverage participants pay a monthly household fee of $25 - $50 to help fund care management services and other nonmedical expenses, and co-payments are required for some services. Medical expenses are paid for through the generosity of Portico’s hospital partners.
What is Medical Assistance? What is MinnesotaCare?
Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare are public programs, also referred to as “Minnesota Health Care Programs,” that provide health insurance for Minnesotans who meet certain eligibility criteria. Portico’s staff members are trained to help individuals and families determine their potential eligibility for Minnesota Health Care Programs and provide hands-on assistance during the application process. To find out if you may qualify for Minnesota Health Care Programs, call Portico at 651-489-CARE (2273) or 1-866-489-4899.