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It's natural to have questions about how we do our work.

Do you have a question about our services? Keep reading! If you don’t find an answer to your question here, please give us a call at 763.533.1316.

May I see my child’s medical chart?

At other clinics, yes, the parent is automatically able to access their minor child’s medical chart. Because the Annex is a specialty clinic focusing on a narrow range of sexual health care services, all of our clinical services are protected under the Minors’ Consent Law. This means that the minor client would need to provide written consent to release the information to a specific person or another clinic. The majority of young people who access our clinical services are doing so independently of their parents/caregivers, and they place a high value on privacy and confidentiality.

What is Minor’s Consent?

The Minnesota Legislature enacted the Minor’s Consent to Health Services Act in 1971 (Minnesota Statute § 144.343).  The statute permits health care providers to serve minors confidentially for certain health needs. As it relates to the services at the Annex, the law authorizes minors to give effective consent for health services to diagnose or treat pregnancy and conditions associated with sexually transmitted infections.

Prior to passage of this law, minors who were worried about parents’ reactions, embarrassment, or disrupting family harmony often did not receive needed health services, often jeopardizing their health and future. The statute does not require health care providers to serve minors, rather it enables them to do so.

May I join my child for an appointment at the Annex?

Yes, you may. We encourage parents and caregivers to talk openly about sexual health with their children.

If you do join your child, please be aware that during a portion of the visit, the nurse will speak with your child independently. This is a standard practice and a guideline that we apply regardless of who is accompanying the patient (for example, if a patient’s friend or partner accompanies the patient).

How do services get paid for at the Annex?

As a designated “Essential Community Provider” by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Annex policy is that all young people will receive the services they need regardless of their ability to pay. We accept HealthPartners, UCare, and Minnesota Medical Assistance. The Annex also offers the Minnesota Family Planning Program (MFPP). If a patient qualifies for MFPP, which is based on their income and that they are not covered by another State program, all of their services will be covered.  In the case where a patient has no insurance and does not qualify for MFPP, the Annex has a very reduced sliding fee schedule.

How do services get paid for at the Annex?

As a designated “Essential Community Provider” by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Annex policy is that all young people will receive the services they need regardless of their ability to pay. We accept HealthPartners, UCare, and Minnesota Medical Assistance. The Annex also offers the Minnesota Family Planning Program (MFPP). If a patient qualifies for MFPP, which is based on their income and that they are not covered by another State program, all of their services will be covered.  In the case where a patient has no insurance and does not qualify for MFPP, the Annex has a very reduced sliding fee schedule.

Who provides clinical services at the annex teen clinic?

The Annex has Registered Nurses (RN), Nurse Practitioners (NP), and physicians (MD) providing services to our patients.  All have several years of experience working with youth providing sexual health services. Our clinic has a Clinic Director who oversees the administration of the clinic and a Medical Director who oversees clinical services.

What laws, regulations and standards does your clinic comply with?

As a medical clinic, the Annex must comply with the same regulations and compliance that other Family Practice and Specialty Clinics comply with.  These include HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) for security and confidentiality; OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) for the safety of our patients and staff; and CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) for compliance of laboratory testing.

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Annex Teen Clinic

The Annex Teen Clinic helps young people take charge of their sexual health by providing confidential health services and education.

Your privacy is the law

Your right to access these services without anyone’s permission is protected by law. Confidentiality is important to us because we know it’s important to you.

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