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If you are a Minnesota resident enrolled in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), you have options to also enroll in a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan in Minnesota (also called Medigap or MedSupp) to cover health costs not covered under Original Medicare. Costs not covered under Original Medicare might include deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, and other out-of-pocket costs. Most states, including Minnesota, offer Medigap policies with letters corresponding with different Medicare Supplement Insurance plans with certain standardized benefits.
To sign up for a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan in Minnesota, the best time is during the Medigap Open Enrollment Period (OEP), which is the six-month period starting the day a Medicare beneficiary turns 65 and enrolls in Medicare Part B.
During this six-month period, Medicare beneficiaries may enroll in a Medicare Supplement Insurance plan available in their area with the company of their choice. In addition, during this six-month period, Medicare beneficiaries are not required to undergo medical underwriting to be approved for a Medicare Supplement policy.
However, after the Medigap Open Enrollment period, medical underwriting may be required, or the Medicare beneficiary may be denied coverage or charged a higher monthly premium due to a pre-existing medical condition.
Two types of Medigap plans are available in Minnesota; a Basic plan and an Extended Basic plan. There are additional riders that can be added to the Basic plan for an additional annual cost.
It is extremely important to evaluate all options when making a decision about Medigap plans in Minnesota. In Minnesota, Medicare Supplement Insurance plans are available throughout the state as either a Medigap Basic plan or Medigap Extended Basic plan. However, the costs may be different based on which insurance carrier offers the plans. Those who wish to enroll in a Minnesota Medicare Supplement Insurance plan should thoroughly evaluate all available plans and make a determination based on personal health needs and budget.
eHealth's Medicare website is operated by eHealthInsurance Services, Inc., a licensed health insurance agency doing business as eHealth. The purpose of this site is the solicitation of insurance. Contact may be made by an insurance agent/producer or insurance company. eHealth and Medicare supplement insurance plans are not connected with or endorsed by the U.S. government or the federal Medicare program. We offer plans from a number of insurance companies.