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Medicare Advantage Plans in Minnesota

Learn about Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota

Minnesota Medicare beneficiaries have the option to sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan as an alternative to Original Medicare coverage. Private insurance carriers offer Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota, and they cover all hospital and medical benefits included in Medicare Part A and Part B. In addition, some Medicare Advantage plans may also offer additional benefits including dental, vision, and hearing.

In 2012, there were 122,155 Medicare beneficiaries in Minnesota enrolled in a local Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) , and 36,863 beneficiaries enrolled in a local Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) .

Statistics on Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota

Medicare Advantage plans vary in availability and costs from state to state. Here are some interesting statistics from 2013 about the availability of Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota:

  • Number of private insurance companies with Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota contracts: 9
  • Number of local HMO and PPO Medicare Advantage contracts in Minnesota: 5
  • Total number of Medicare Advantage plans offered in Minnesota: 38

You may also find the following statistics interesting about Minnesota residents enrolled in Medicare Advantage in 2012:

  • Total number of Minnesota residents enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan: 383,812
  • Percent of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage: 47%
  • Percent of Minnesota Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage through HMO or PPO: 19%

Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota with prescription drug coverage

Some Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota also cover prescription drugs, also known as Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (MAPD). MAPDs have the advantage of combining hospital and medical coverage with prescription drug coverage into one plan.

Below are a few statistics from 2012 about Medicare beneficiaries in Minnesota enrolled in Prescription Drug Plans:

  • Total number of Medicare beneficiaries in Minnesota enrolled in PDPs: 219,806
  • PDP enrollees as a percent of total Medicare population in Minnesota: 27%

Compare Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota

If you are considering joining a Medicare Advantage plan, it is important to compare and evaluate the plan options available to you. While similar Medicare Advantage plans may be offered throughout the state, the cost for premiums may vary depending on your county of residence. You should also take note that some Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota offer monthly premiums as low as $0. However, beneficiaries enrolled in $0 premium plans must still pay their Part B premium.

Also, it is important to decide whether you wish to include a Prescription Drug Plan with any Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota. Keep in mind that Medicare Advantage plans may offer additional benefits that are not offered in Original Medicare coverage. Evaluate your health needs and compare Medicare Advantage plans in your area to find a plan that best suits your needs.

If you wish to start comparing Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota plans today, simply enter your zip code above, and we will provide you with a customized list of available plans in your area. You can also enter your current prescription drugs to help narrow your search.

Data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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