Minnesota seniors prepare for Medicare plan shift
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An estimated 320,000 seniors across Minnesota will need to change Medicare health plans in the coming months.
Residents with Medicare Cost health plans have to switch because of a federal law eliminating the policy next year in most of the state, The Star Tribune reported .
Medicare beneficiaries are being encouraged to review their respective health plans as the deadline for open enrollment deadline approaches.
Dec. 6 marks the deadline for consumers to enroll in a traditional Medicare Advantage or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan. During the open enrollment period individuals can change their Medicare health plans and drug coverage for the following year to suit their needs.
As the annual shopping season begins for Medicare health plans, seniors in Minnesota are finding more health plan options for 2018 plus premiums that in many cases are either stable or declining.
Open enrollment started Oct. 15, and all five insurance companies that currently sell Medicare health plans in the state will have new offerings for next year.
Fraud targeting senior citizens during months of open enrollment
Another fraud targeting senior citizens has cropped up.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, there have been reports across the country, including in Nebraska, of scammers impersonating Medicare representatives in an effort to obtain personal information.
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