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By the numbers

A little more than a million Minnesota residents were enrolled in Medicare in 2018, according to a report from the Centers from Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Following is more information on Medicare enrollment and plans in 2018:

  • Total number of beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare in Minnesota: 1,004,677
  • Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage or other Medicare health plans in Minnesota: 581,822
  • Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans in Minnesota: 332,056

Private insurance companies must have contracts with Medicare to offer Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. Depending on the terms of the contract between the plan and Medicare, not every plan is available statewide or in all service areas. Each year, the plan must renew its contract with Medicare, so the availability of a plan in a specific service area is subject to change.

Medicare resources in Minnesota

Medicare Savings Programs: If you live in Minnesota, are enrolled in Medicare, and have limited resources and assets, then you may qualify for a Medicare Savings Program that pays for all or some of things that Medicare doesn’t cover.

Minnesota State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Minnesota Board on Aging has a team of volunteers that help seniors who have questions about Medicare. This program is called the Minnesota State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) and it offers assistance to Medicare beneficiaries throughout the state.

Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), “Medicare Enrollment Dashboard,” from the CMS Office of Enterprise Data & Analytics, February 2019.

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