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HealthPartners and Pipe Trades Welfare Fund announce new partnership

HealthPartners will provide comprehensive health and wellness services for 5,000 union participants


April 6, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — HealthPartners and Pipe Trades Services Minnesota Welfare Fund announced a new partnership today. This is the first time that the Fund has selected a new health care partner in more than 20 years. It’s also the first time that a health care partner will provide comprehensive services for the Fund’s union participants.

“As trustees of the Fund, we’re responsible for the health and wellbeing of our 5,000 participants. This was an important decision. We’re excited to offer what we feel is a better network with better discounts,” said Jim Hynes, executive administrator, PTSMN Welfare Fund. “More importantly, we can offer tools and resources that help us meet our ultimate goal – and that is to improve the health and lives of our participants.”

Through the new partnership, Fund participants will also get access to easy-to-use mobile tools and applications. These tools can assist with questions about claims and other services.

Additionally, HealthPartners will support the Fund’s Family Health & Wellness Centers. These centers serve as primary care clinics for participants and their families. HealthPartners will act as a resource for current clinic staff, and can help provide additional support when needed. This includes adding a full-time chronic disease management nurse.

“We’re passionate about improving the health of individuals and the community, and we’re honored to be working with the Fund on this shared goal,” said Doug Smith, senior vice president, sales and account service, HealthPartners. “Together, we can find solutions that help improve health and affordability, through a great experience that helps participants be their best every day.”

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