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The Minnesota Council of Health Plans has worked for more than 30 years to improve care for everyone. We work with local health insurance companies that serve communities, not Wall Street shareholders, to make sure Minnesotans get the care they need, today and in the future.

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Medicare Is Changing

Many Minnesota seniors have new Medicare options because rules changed to make Medicare in our state more like the rest of the country. Your current insurer is still here serving Minnesotans—not shareholders on Wall Street. There are four nonprofit companies that offer Medicare to Minnesotans: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, HealthPartners, Medica and UCare.

We know people are worried. Here’s some advice:

  • The best place to start is by calling your current insurance company to find out what options it has for you. You can find the number on the back of your insurance card.
  • Minnesota insurers and the federal government know that this change is confusing, so you have plenty of support and plenty of time. More details here.

Buy your own insurance Nov. 1 to Dec. 15

From Nov. 1 to Dec. 15, Minnesotans who buy their own health insurance can sign up for policies that start Jan. 1, 2019. If you wait until after Dec. 15, the policy doesn't start until Feb. 1, 2019. This year about 155,000 Minnesotans bought their own insurance,...

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Interesting National Stories

Premiums are expensive because care is expensive

This Wall Street Journal story about the cost vs price of knee replacements is getting a lot of comments (527 and counting) and letters to the editor, too. Here's a PDF of the story if you don't have your WSJ subscription...

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Lost your insurance card? No problem. Want to find out how much you’ll pay or compare prices for care you need? Can you get care online? Wondering how the quality of the care you get is measured?

It’s all here.

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Insurance helps you pay medical bills, everything from the entire bill for preventive care that helps keep you well to helping pay for prescriptions and care when you need it. Insurance companies also do a lot of work behind the scenes to help you be well and ensure you get good care.

Understand Insurance

We all need care—not only medical care when we’re sick or injured—but also preventive care to keep us well. Health insurance is how we join together to pay for care because it’s too expensive to pay for on our own.

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It is important to understand the differences between comprehensive Individual and Family Plans, which UCare offers, and short-term plans that can only be in place for six months. These plans may have a lower premium but may cover fewer benefits and can result in higher out-of-pocket costs. 
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