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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 6:00 am

800,000 Told to Review Their Plans

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesotans with Medicare Part D or an Advantage Plan are being urged to take a fresh look at their coverage, as the yearly open enrollment is now underway.

Seth Boffeli, communications director, AARP Minnesota, says during the enrollment period, it’s important that all beneficiaries review their plans.

“Just take a look at what their coverage is, think about if it’s meeting their needs,” he said. “See if there might be something that might cost a little less but cover just as much — and make those decisions. So, it’s an important time for seniors.”

About 800,000 Minnesotans rely on Medicare for their health care. Open enrollment runs through Dec. 7.

Boffeli says the review is vital because oftentimes, the prescription drug coverage can change.

“Sometimes, the drugs they cover change or sometimes, the pharmacies that are in their network change,” he explains. “And so, sometimes a plan that might have been the best deal for your money two or three years ago might have a competitor that offers something better now.”

Boffeli also notes that those who are on Medicare don’t need to do anything with the state’s new health-care exchange, which has caused some confusion with its launch.

“Seniors are seeing commercials for MNsure,” he says. “They’re seeing news articles for MNsure and thinking that’s where they need to go for help. And for seniors, for people who are on Medicare, it’s important to realize that while they’re hearing a lot from MNsure, it’s not a resource for people who are on Medicare.”

Those who have questions on the Medicare Part D open enrollment can contact the Senior LinkAge Line at (800) 333-2433, or AARP Minnesota.

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