The Minnesota Healthcare Consortium

Seven Minnesota service cooperatives have joined together to provide the cost savings of being self-insured with the financial safety of being in a pool. Statewide there are hundreds of organizations with thousands of members participating in the Minnesota Healthcare Consortium. Your regional cooperative, together with other participating service cooperatives from across the state, negotiates statewide stop-loss pricing, administrative discounts, and lower healthcare costs.

Our Mission

We are dedicated to empowering and engaging our members in lifelong health and well-being.

How We Serve Our Clients

Negotiate and offer affordable high value benefit plans
Reduce premium volatility
Maintain local control and choice of benefit plans
Improve member service
Provide state-of-the-art wellness and health management services
Conduct market review every four years that fulfills our members’ statutory bid requirements

Our Board

The MHC Board is made up of members from the seven Regional Service Cooperative Boards that participate in MHC. They also serve at the local level as school district board members, city council members, county commissioners and non-profit organizations board members. They see first-hand the struggles public agencies face related to managing and funding employee benefits. These Board members give their time to help shape MHC into an organization that will bring the best product and services to our members.

Board of Directors Meeting Dates

May 1, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.
Resource Training & Solutions in Sartell, MN

July 10, 2024, Time TBD
Inn on Lake Superior, Duluth (MSC Conference)

October 2, 2024 at 1:00 p.m.
Resource Training & Solutions in Sartell, MN

South Central Service Cooperative

  • Keith Wenner, Board Member – St. Peter Public Schools
  • Wendell Sande, Ex-Officio – Insurance Services Director, Advisory Services for SCSC

Southwest West Central Service Cooperative

  • Steve Schnieder, Board Member – Worthington School District
  • Cliff Carmody, Ex-Officio – Executive Director of SWWC

Southeast Service Cooperative

  • Lynn Gorski, Board Secretary – City of Farmington
  • Steve Sallee, Ex-Officio – Executive Director of SSC
Northeast Service Cooperative

Northeast Service Cooperative

  • John Berklich, Jr., Board Member – Hibbing School District
  • Paul Brinkman, Ex-Officio – Executive Director of NESC

Lakes Country Service Cooperative

  • Jim Fish, Board Treasurer- City of Fergus Falls
  • Jeremy Kovash, Ex-Officio – Executive Director of LCSC

Northwest Service Cooperative

  • Jason Carlson, Board Chair – Tri-Valley Opportunity Council
  • Bruce Jensen, Ex-Officio – Executive Director of NWSC

Resource Training and Solutions

  • Paul Bravinder, Board Acting Chair – Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District
  • Mark Schmitz, Ex-Officio – Executive Director of Resource

As nonprofit, public corporations, the seven Minnesota Service Cooperatives of MHC provide a wide range of services to school districts, cities, counties, local governmental agencies, and nonprofits across Minnesota. The proceeds of our programs and services are reinvested in our local region in sustainable programming created by and for our members. Learn more at or visit your regional cooperative’s website by clicking its logo above.

The Minnesota Healthcare Consortium is a joint powers entity organized under Minnesota Statutes Section 471.59, which authorizes two or more governmental units to exercise jointly or cooperatively powers which they possess in common. MHC is comprised of seven Minnesota Service Cooperatives organized under Minnesota Statutes Section 123A.21. Each Service Cooperative, in turn, is a joint powers entity comprised of cities, counties and school districts located within its region of the State of Minnesota (Members).