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12
Mar

MBA Newsletter – March 2019

March Madness Starts Soon!

If college basketball is your thing, you must be as excited as we are for March Madness! Time to get hyped and root for your favorite team, and start that annual office pool.

Choose your brackets wisely, feel free to read up on March Madness here. Read more

12
Feb

MBA Newsletter – February 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day from MBA

Valentine’s Day is all about matters of the heart.

Speaking of the heart, February is also American Heart Month.  Now is a good time to consider going in for your annual exam, especially if you haven’t gone in a while.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Many heart issues can be be screened for under preventative care during your annual physical, which means no cost to you! Check out Ways to Better Your Heart Health. Read more

5
Feb

MBA Member Exclusive: Service Saves

LeaderOne Financial is pleased to introduce the “Service Saves” program available to all members of the Minnesota Benefit Association.  This program features real, cost-saving benefits for those who obtain home financing (home purchase or refinance) through LeaderOne Financial. For the past 5 years, LeaderOne Financial has been the exclusive mortgage company endorsed by the MBA, and is looking to spread the word about the benefits available to you. Read more

15
Jan

MBA Newsletter – January 2019

Happy New Year from the MBA!

Welcome to the new year Minnesotans!  Can you believe it’s finally here?  January is filled with all kinds of fresh and new opportunities for you to start your new year off right.  January is National Hobby Month, National Book Month, and National Get Organized Month.

Get back into an old hobby that you may have lost track of recently.  Or maybe find a new hobby. Pick up a good book, get back to the gym, and make sure you are well organized for 2019.  If you want to read more about National Hobby Month, check out this webpage we found. Read more

12
Dec

MBA Newsletter – December 2018

Happy Holidays from the MBA!

We here at the Minnesota Benefit Association wanted to wish you a heartfelt and sincere Happy Holidays.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or something else, we hope you have a great Holiday season, filled with lots of good will, cheer, and precious time with family.

If you are looking for fun activities to do outside with family and friends around the state,  we have a found a great list of Christmastime in the Cities activities, feel free to check them out today! Read more

27
Nov

Minnesota Benefit Association Newsletter – November

Winter is Coming…

Thank you for everything you do for your communities, it is our honor to serve those that serve Minnesota.

Everyone at the Minnesota Benefit Association wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend.

Meet George, our official greeter, who would like to remind you that Winter is coming… Read more

6
Nov

Minnesota Benefit Association Newsletter – October, 2018

October! Mwuhahaha!

Minnesotans, it’s October! Time to get started on planning for Halloween! It’s a great time of year to visit apple orchards, cruise around looking at the leaves change, and let’s not forget the fun over the top decorations in your community! We all have that neighbor who goes overboard… And lastly of course, carving punkins!  Read more

16
Oct

Medicare Cost Plan Transition

Now that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is upon us, the Minnesota Benefit Association wants to ensure that you are prepared for potential changes to you coverage. Medicare Cost plans are ending in 66 of our 87 counties in 2019 (see Map). This means around 370,000 Minnesotans need to select a new Medicare plan this Fall.

Medicare is health insurance coverage for people over 65 and certain people under 65 with disabilities or End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD).

Contact our Medicare help line with all Medicare questions, or for information on our in-person meetings, please call 651-259-9000 or send an inquiry to Medicare@LeClairGroup.com for details.

Currently, there are 3 Cost Plans in Minnesota: Blue Cross Blue Shield (Platinum Blue), HealthPartners (Freedom), and Medica (Prime Solution), these plans are still available in the following counties.

 

Cost Plans Leaving for 2019

Anoka

Becker

Beltrami

Benton

Big Stone

Blue Earth

Brown

Carver

Chippewa

Chisago

Clay

Clearwater

Cook

Cottonwood

Crow Wing

Dakota

Dodge

Douglas

Faribault

Fillmore

Freeborn

Grant

Hennepin

Houston

Hubbard

Isanti

Jackson

Kandiyohi

Kittson

Lac Qui Parle

Lake Of The Woods

Lincoln

Lyon

Mahnomen

Marshall

Martin

Morrison

Mower

Murray

Nicollet

Nobles

Norman

Olmsted

Otter Tail

Pennington

Polk

Pope

Ramsey

Red Lake

Redwood

Renville

Roseau

Scott

Sherburne

Stearns

Steele

Swift

Todd

Wabasha

Wadena

Waseca

Washington

Watonwan

Wilkin

Winona

Wright

CMS Cost Counties for 2019

Aitkin

Carlton

Cook

Goodhue

Itasca

Kanabec

Koochiching

Lake

Le Sueur

McLeod

Meeker

Mille Lacs

Pine

Pipestone

Rice

Rock

Sibley

Stevens

St. Louis

Traverse

Yellow Medicine

Members with plans ending need to make a change for 2019 coverage. If you are unsure what insurance plan you or your family member have. They can contact their carrier directly or call our team to find out.

What can you do? New Plan options have been released by insurance carriers and you can sign up for new coverage this Fall. Nearly half of the Minnesotans losing their plan will be automatically enrolled into new plans with their existing health insurance company, the remainder will need to sign up for new coverage.

The Medicare Annual Enrollment period runs from October 15 thru December 7, this is when anyone on Medicare can make changes to their coverage. For everyone losing their Cost Plan there is an extension until February 28 to enroll in a new plan; however existing plans finish on December 31 and you need to enroll by then to have new coverage beginning on January 1.

For more information on Medicare and your options download our Medicare for Minnesotan’s brochure.

Call our team on 651-358-2990 or email Medicare@LeClairGroup.com with your Medicare questions.


Minnesota Benefit Association serving those who serve Minnesota since 1929.

LeClair Group, the administrator for the MBA’s health benefits, has licensed Medicare advisors ready to support your community’s needs. Their knowledgeable staff is dedicated to ensuring Minnesotans get the information they need to make good choices regarding Medicare coverage.

18
Sep

MBA Newsletter: Falling into Autumn – September, 2018

Welcoming Fall

Minnesotans, here we are in the middle of September, we hope you were able to enjoy the state fair while it was here! We are quickly turning the corner into Fall, the kids are back in school, and the days will continue to get shorter. Soon the leaves will begin to change and the weather will get a little colder. Are you ready to jump into a pile of leaves? Read more

7
Aug

Minnesota Benefits Association Newsletter – August 2018

Last Minute Summer Ideas!

Minnesotans, here we are in the middle of August, can you believe it?  I know we have all been working hard this summer, so we here at the MBA wanted to share our last minute Summer tips and how to make the best of your remaining season.  We all hate those dreadful words, but soon we have to start thinking Back to School, Fall, and Pumpkin Spice.  But before we do, we want to promote some last minute fun ideas to make the end of your Summer the best it can be.

Think of all the good times you can still have. The State Fair, additional roads trips and travel, visiting your extended family, and more! Here are some great last minute Summer ideas that are fun by yourself, and even the whole family.  Read more