- 2020: The Medica Foundation makes $4.25 million in grants to community nonprofits with a focus on crisis relief, pandemic response, social justice, food security and health equity.
- 2019: We lead our industry by setting a $25 cap on out-of-pocket costs for insulin.
- 2018: We offer coverage to Missouri and Oklahoma residents. The Medica Foundation kicks off community engagement and grant-making activities in Nebraska.
- 2017: We add Kansas to our service area and open a regional office in Omaha, Neb.
- 2015: In our 40th year, we expand into Iowa and Nebraska.
- 2012: We launch our first partnerships with premier Minnesota health systems M Health Fairview, Park Nicollet, and Mayo Clinic.
- 2003: We expand into the Dakotas. The Medica Foundation makes its first grants.
Our story has a modest start. In 1975, a team of Minneapolis doctors started a nonprofit health
maintenance organization with a handful of members and a vision to serve the community. Their venture was called Physicians Health Plan, and it grew steadily over the next 16 years, driven by a singular focus on member needs.
In 1991, we merged with another insurer and adopted a new name: Medica.
Today, we provide health care coverage in communities across America’s heartland. We do it by partnering with local health care systems to ensure members get quality care and a first-rate experience from
providers they know and trust, all at an affordable price. And our charitable foundation works to improve health and well-being in our members’ communities by providing millions of dollars in grants to local nonprofit organizations.
We look a lot different today than in 1975. We serve more than 1 million people. We partner with dozens health care systems. We do business in nine states.
But our relationship with our members? It’s still one to one.
The past 20 years
- 1998: Our service area grows to include counties in western Wisconsin. We become the first Minnesota-based health plan to cover smoking-cessation treatments.
- 1991: Physicians Health Plan merges with Share Health Plan, a Minneapolis HMO, to form Medica. The combined organization serves 537,000 members.
- 1975: The Hennepin County Medical Society launches nonprofit Physicians Health Plan, Minnesota’s first open-access model health maintenance organization (HMO).
It finishes the year with 53 members.