An Essential Community Provider (ECP) is a health
care provider that serves high-risk, special needs, and underserved individuals. In order to be designated as an ECP, a provider
must demonstrate that it meets the requirements of Minnesota Statutes 62Q.19 and Minnesota Rules Chapter 4688. Those regulations
require that ECPs:
- Provide or coordinate supportive and stabilizing services, such as transportation, child care, linguistic
services, and culturally sensitive and competent services to its clients.
all patients, regardless of their financial limitations.
- Charge patients
for their services based on a sliding fee schedule, if the ECP is a non-profit organization.
The Minnesota Department of Health designates ECPs. Health plan companies must offer
provider contracts to all designated ECPs in their service areas.