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Medicare Changes in Minnesota; 400,000 Seniors Are Losing Their 'Medicare Cost' Plan


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DUE TO A CHANGE IN FEDERAL LAW, "MEDICARE COST"-PLANS WON'T BE AVAILABLE, FOR 2019, IN MOST MINNESOTA-COUNTIES--AFFECTING MORE THAN 400-THOUSAND SENIORS.  DOCTOR DAN TRAJANO ["TRAH-HAH-NO"], OF "BLUE CROSS AND BLUE SHIELD OF MINNESOTA", EXPLAINS HOW TO NAVIGATE THIS CHANGE...

(TRAJANO):
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THOSE WHO LIVE WHERE 'COST'-PLANS ARE ENDING MAY HAVE THEIR INSURER AUTOMATICALLY ENROLL THEM INTO ANOTHER 'MEDICARE'-PLAN THAT SHOULD HAVE SIMILAR BENEFITS.  HOWEVER, THEY CAN ALSO CHOOSE TO ENROLL IN A DIFFERENT PLAN, DURING THE 'ANNUAL ELECTION-PERIOD'--FROM OCTOBER 15TH THROUGH DECEMBER 7TH.  MINNESOTANS WHO ARE AUTOMATICALLY ENROLLED INTO A SIMILAR PLAN DON'T NEED TO TAKE ANY ACTION--UNLESS THEY WANT TO CHOOSE A DIFFERENT ONE.  EITHER WAY, THEIR CURRENT PLAN'S BENEFITS WILL STILL COVER THEM, THROUGH THE END OF THIS YEAR.  AND, 'COST'-PLANS WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE IN 21 COUNTIES--LARGELY IN THE NORTHEAST."

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MORE INFORMATION--INCLUDING A FULL LIST OF AFFECTED COUNTIES--IS AVAILABLE AT "BLUE-CROSS-M-N"-DOT-COM-SLASH-"MEDICARE-CHANGES".  THAT'S "BLUE-CROSS-M-N"-DOT-COM-SLASH-"MEDICARE-CHANGES".



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