Each year, people with Medicare have the opportunity to review their coverage options and change plans during the open enrollment period (October 15 to December 7). Medicare beneficiaries with traditional Medicare can compare and switch Medicare Part D stand-alone drug plans or join a Medicare Advantage plan, while enrollees in Medicare Advantage can compare and switch Medicare Advantage plans or elect coverage under traditional Medicare instead. For 2021, the average Medicare beneficiaries can choose among 33 Medicare Advantage plans and 30 Part D stand-alone prescription drug plans (PDPs).
The current public health crisis and resulting economic crisis have devastated the health and economic wellbeing of millions of Americans. From big cities to small towns, Americans – particularly people of color, immigrants, and low-wage workers – are facing a deep economic crisis. More than 9.5 million workers have lost their jobs in the wake of the pandemic, with 4 million out of work for half a year or longer.
On February 3rd MNsure announced their plans to allow Minnesotans to apply for health insurance from February 16th until May 17th. The announcement follows President Biden’s January 28th executive order for states using the federal exchange healthcare.gov. This special enrollment period will allow Minnesotans who are not enrolled in a health insurance plan through MNsure to obtain coverage outside of the normal Open Enrollment Period. If you or someone you know are uninsured or have coverage outside of MNsure – we can help you enroll through MNsure during a special enrollment period. Having a comprehensive health care plan during these COVID times is more important than ever. We have multiple staff who are MNsure certified and ready to help!