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25
Sep

Fall fun for the whole family

Apple picking, football and pumpkin-flavored everything can only mean one thing: Fall has arrived in Minnesota. This special season is short and sweet, so let’s make the most of it, whether that means getting outdoors or participating in some of the fall’s best celebrations, there is no shortage of family fun in Minnesota.

Here is a list of fun activities to add to your weekend schedules this month. 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.