Our History

Four decades of service to our members and communities 

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Medica, then and now 

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.

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MEDICA HISTORY

The past 20 years 

  • 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.
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Early highlights 

  • 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.
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Locations

From our home base in the Twin Cities to our network of regional offices, we’re your neighbor. 
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Careers

Be a part of our continuing story and join our team. You can help us write the next chapter.
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Stewardship

We work to protect your health care dollar by taking steps to prevent and investigate fraud, waste, and abuse. 
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