MBA Blog

6
Nov

Minnesota Benefit Association Newsletter – November, 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

27
Jun

Summer tick safety

As we play outside more, we urge you to be wary of your surroundings, especially in wooded areas or places with taller grass and foliage.  If you are one of the many Minnesotans who loves camping, please be wary of Tick Prevention and safety.

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27
Jun

Take a Hike!

Minnesotans, have you gotten outside yet?  Now that warm weather is upon us, we at the MBA urge you to consider making a walk part of your daily exercise habits if you do not do so already.  Regularly walking, whether on a treadmill or outside in our many parks, has numerous benefits towards your health, including: cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, boosting of metabolism, and mental decompression.  Read more

12
Jun

Summer Time is soon upon us!

 

For most seasoned Minnesotans, getting outside this summer after the long winter is the first thing on their mind.  However, it’s important to make sure to think of your skin when you do so.  Sunscreen application is an affordable solution to preventing easily obtained skin damage.  According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), how you use this product, and what other protective measures you take, will make a significant difference in how well you protect yourself and your family from sunburn, skin cancer, early skin aging and other risks of overexposure to the sun.  Please view these Sun Safety Tips for more information on how to stay safe this summer.

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12
Jun

Minnesota Benefit Association Newsletter

Summer Time is soon upon us!

For most seasoned Minnesotans, getting outside this summer after the long winter is the first thing on their mind.  However, it’s important to make sure to think of your skin when you do so.  Sunscreen application is an affordable solution to preventing easily obtained skin damage.  According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), how you use this product, and what other protective measures you take, will make a significant difference in how well you protect yourself and your family from sunburn, skin cancer, early skin aging and other risks of overexposure to the sun.  Please view these Sun Safety Tips for more information on how to stay safe this summer.

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12
Jun

Summer Pet Safety

Summer heat can affect your pet, just as much as you.

According to the Pet Health Network, “there are some important things to think about when it comes to your pets. Warm weather can be dangerous for our pets. It’s hard for pets to keep cool when the sun is beating down, and that’s because animals don’t sweat like people do. You probably knew that dogs cool themselves through panting, but did you know that they sweat through their paws too? When there is only hot air for a dog to breathe, it’s a lot harder for that dog to keep cool.

While cats tend to tolerate the heat a little better than dogs, and even prefer it (we’ve all seen a cat stretched out on a sunny windowsill), that doesn’t mean that you should forget about your cat this summer.”

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21
Mar

Minnesota Benefit Association Newsletter – March 2018

The 2018 College Scholarship program with the Minnesota Benefit Association is underway.  If you, your child, or grandchild will be attending an undergraduate program in the fall of 2018, please take advantage of this opportunity.
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