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Convenience clinics

Your Advantage Health Plan covers the cost of services at network convenience clinics throughout Minnesota. Convenience clinics provide quality medical care for minor illnesses such as colds and ear infections, health screenings and vaccinations.

Blue Cross, HealthPartners and PreferredOne now offer health care coverage at several convenience clinics in the Metro and St. Cloud areas for State of Minnesota Advantage Health Plan members and their dependents*. These convenience clinics can be used for simple illnesses, tests and vaccinations and are a quality alternative to emergency rooms, urgent care and family practice clinics.

Sample of covered services

Convenience clinics provide quality medical care for minor illnesses for state employees and their covered families as well as the general public. These clinics are staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are qualified to evaluate, diagnose and prescribe medications (when clinically appropriate) for simple illnesses, and to provide certain types of vaccinations and screenings. A sample of covered services is listed. Check with the clinic for a complete list.

  • Common illnesses: allergies (ages 6+), bladder infections (females, ages 12-65), bronchitis (ages 10-65), ear infections, pinkeye and styes, sinus infections (ages 5+), and strep throat.
  • Additional treatments: Chlamydia (ages 16+), flu (ages 10-65), laryngitis, mono, swimmer’s ear.
  • Skin infections: athlete’s foot, cold sores, deer tick bites (ages 12+), impetigo, minor burns and rashes, minor skin infections, minor sunburn, poison ivy, ringworm, swimmer’s itch.
  • Screenings: allergy testing (ages 18+), full-panel cholesterol and glucose, HbA1c, health awareness (ages 18+), memory assessment (ages 40+), pregnancy, thyroid.
  • Vaccines: flu (October – December), Hepatitis B (adult), Hepatitis B (child), meningitis, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), pneumonia, tetanus-diphtheria.

Individuals with illnesses outside the scope of services or who exhibit signs of a chronic condition will be referred to their physician or, if critical, the nearest urgent care center or emergency room. Patients who can't be treated are not charged for their visit.

*Please note that some convenience clinics have age limitations for treatment of infants.


Services are available to Advantage Health Plan participants for a $10 copayment (at each cost level) per visit, which is waived for preventive care (including vaccinations and some screenings). The first dollar deductible is also waived and copayments are credited to the out of pocket maximum.

Find a Clinic
To find a network convenience clinic visit your health insurance carrier web site. Fairview Express Care, HealthStation, MinuteClinic, NOW Express Care and Target Clinics participate in the MN Advantage Health Plan.


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