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.
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.
You can't always believe everything you read on the internet. Minnesotans who buy their own insurance have until Jan. 13, 2019, to sign up. The posts on Facebook and other sites about enrollment ending Dec. 15, 2018, aren't accurate for Minnesotans. The Dec. 15...read more
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Shereese Hickson’s multiple sclerosis was flaring again. Spasms in her legs and other symptoms were getting worse.
She could still walk and take care of her son six years after doctors diagnosed the disease, which attacks the central nervous system. Earlier symptoms such as slurred speech and vision problems had resolved with treatment, but others lingered: She was tired and sometimes fell.
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.
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.
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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