Flu season is once again rearing its head, so it’s never too early to get your flu shot.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDS) recommends everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu shot every flu season, including healthy people, and people with chronic conditions.
Getting your flu shot can be as simple as going to your local pharmacy, or maybe even your employer offers a flu shot clinic. Since flu shots are considered preventative care, insurance plans will cover them at no cost to members.
Visit the Center for Disease Control‘s website to view vaccine tips, what portion of the population is most susceptible, and tips to prevent the Flu as best you can this year.
Springtime brings more opportunities to be active
It’s finally spring (minus the foot or so of snow we are expected to get on the 10th and 11th…) and we want you to strive to be the healthiest you can be. A good way to keep your body moving and in top shape is taking your lunch hour to take a walk, outside or in. Read more
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Lac Qui Parle
Lake Of The Woods
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.