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Hennepin County had the most Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plan beneficiaries of any county in Minnesota in 2019, with more than 95,000 people getting their health benefits from such a plan.
46% of all Medicare beneficiaries in Minneapolis and Hennepin county were enrolled a Medicare Advantage plan in 2019.1
Learn more about Medicare Advantage in Minnesota.
|Number of unique plans||6|
|Weighted average premium||$122|
|Average annual deductible||$246.47|
|Average (in-network) out-of-pocket maximum||$3,427|
|Number of $0 premium plans||2|
|Number of plans rated four stars or higher||2|
Residents of Hennepin County had their choice of six different Medicare Advantage plans in 2019.
Two of those Medicare Advantage plans featured $0 premiums, and two plans were rated four stars or higher based on Medicare Star Ratings.2 Plans rated four stars or higher are considered top-rated Medicare plans.
Premiums, deductibles and other costs may vary. The numbers reported in the table above are taken from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). A licensed insurance agent will be able to help you review and compare costs for specific plans available in Hennepin County or wherever you may live.
Medicare Advantage plans can come in several different forms.
The majority of Medicare Advantage enrollees in Minnesota belonged to an HMO plan in 2019.
Private Fee-For-Service (PFFS) plans and Medical Savings Accounts were also available in Minnesota in 2019.
In the state of Minnesota, the breakdown of plan types in 2019 was as follows:
|Plan type||Percentage of Minnesota enrollees (2019)|
|Medicare Cost Plans||36%|
There are different Medicare enrollment periods in the year during which you may able to sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan in Minneapolis and Hennepin County, depending on your eligibility.
When you first become eligible for Medicare, you will typically be granted an Initial Enrollment Period (IEP). This period begins three months before you turn 65 years old, includes the month of your birthday and continues for an additional three months.
The Annual Enrollment Period (AEP, also called the Medicare Open Enrollment Period for Medicare Advantage plans) takes place from October 15 to December 7 each year. This period is open to all eligible Medicare beneficiaries who wish to add, drop or change Medicare plans.
If you experience a qualifying circumstance, you may be granted a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) at any time throughout the year to allow you to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.
Such circumstances may include situations like moving outside of your plan’s service area or losing your Medicare Advantage plan coverage through no fault of your own. A licensed insurance agent can help you determine if you are eligible for a Special Enrollment Period and what actions you may be able to take during that time.
Medicare Advantage plans can come in a variety of types and can include different benefits, networks, costs and more.
Connect with a licensed insurance agent today for help determining your eligibility and finding the best Medicare Advantage plan for you in Hennepin County.
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1 MedicareAdvantage.com's internal analysis of CMS Medicare Advantage landscape source files, accessed May 2019. Data retrieved from www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-Coverage/PrescriptionDrugCovGenIn.
2 Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.