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Allina, Blue Cross team up on Minnesota health plan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two major Minnesota health care companies are teaming up to offer a new insurance plan they say was specifically designed to address what people don't like about their current plans.

Allina Health and insurer Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota unveiled the new offering Tuesday. The Star Tribune reports it offers a handful of free office visits along with full coverage of many prescription drugs and lab screenings. It also eliminates many co-pays.

The companies say the plan known as "BluePrint" was formed after interviews with patients and employers.

The plan will be available for individuals, families and large and small employers in 11 counties around the Twin Cities area. It will be sold through the state's MNsure exchange starting in October, and through brokers and Blue Cross.

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