Minnesota has almost 5.5 million residents in 87 counties. Statewide, 489,099 have Medicare Advantage policies, while 286,560 have purchased plans with Part D prescription drug coverage.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2018, 447,910 residents enrolled in Original Medicare and 569,888 residents enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.
Just how popular is Medicare Advantage in Minnesota? Well, 26 U.S. counties have at least 60 percent of their Medicare-eligible population enrolled, and 12 are located in Minnesota; this is the nation’s highest. And in Red Lake County, almost two-thirds of the 850 Medicare-eligible residents are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.
There are approximately 46 carriers providing Medicare Advantage in Minnesota. Among these are plans from: Anthem, Gundersen Health Plan, Medica and United Healthcare. These include HMOs, PPOs and PPFS (Private Fee-for-Service) plans; residents meeting specific criteria may also qualify for Special Need Plans (SNPs).
Minnesota enrollees actually have multiple, top-rated plans to select from in 2017 according to the U.S. News & World Report. HealthPartners ranked 4.75/5 stars and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, Medica Helath Plans, Medica Insurance Company, PrimeWest Health, South Country Health Alliance and Ucare all carry plans awarded 4.50/5 stars.
Beneficiaries in need of Medicare Advantage- or Medicare-related information should contact the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)/Senior LinkAge Line. You can call (800) 333-2433 for assistance.
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