Our agency has been working hard to make sure that no one is caught off guard when they hear that certain Medicare health plans will be terminated at the end of 2018, but there are only so many hours in the day! The Star Tribune has published a very informative article that goes in depth as to why this change is happening. This is a great resource for those of us wondering why this is happening now, and what to expect in the future.
As you may or may not be aware, there are some significant changes in Medicare health plan availability starting January 1st, 2019. Medicare Cost plans will no longer be available in the majority of counties in Minnesota. To help their members understand whether or not they are affected by this change, HealthPartners has created an FAQ page. The county lookup tool is a great resource that can tell you if you can keep your current HealthPartners Cost plan for 2019.
We will be providing similar information from the other major Medicare carriers as they are made available. Stay tuned!
On June 15th the Commerce Department shared the proposed individual health insurance rates for 2019. It will come as a relief to many that these rates are all trending towards a decrease, some by more than 10%!
Proposed Average Change
(as calculated by each insurer)
|Medica Insurance Company||-12.40%|
|PreferredOne Insurance Company||-3.00%|
Please note that these figures are not final and are subject to change. For more details, check out this article from the Pioneer Press.
We are pleased to announce that Blue Chip Insurance Services will again be attending “MOVE THE MALL WALK FOR VOLUNTEERISM” on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 from 8-10 a.m. at the Crossroads Center! We will have a booth set up in the food court of the Crossroads Mall, offering information and giveaways to anyone who visits. Click here for more information on the event, we hope to see you there!
The rising cost of health care in America can be burdensome, especially for Medicare members with lower income levels. The Medicare Blog has published a guide with information on what programs are available and who can qualify. If you feel like you may be eligible for assistance but don't know where to start please let us know!