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Medicare Plans by State

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  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming
Page Reviewed / Updated – December 23, 2023

Medicare Advantage Plans, also known as Medicare Part C plans, are offered by private insurance companies and provide coverage equivalent to Part A and Part B. They also offer additional benefits not included in Original Medicare, with the exception of hospice care, which remains exclusive to Part A. With Medicare Advantage Plans, Original Medicare is bundled with Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, meaning seniors don’t need to purchase a separate Part D plan for their prescription medication needs. Many individuals appreciate the inclusion of over-the-counter medication, vision, dental and senior-focused wellness coverage as valuable enhancements within Medicare Advantage Plans.

Medicare-eligible seniors in Minnesota often prefer Medicare Advantage Plans as a straightforward solution to health insurance coverage. These plans provide more extensive coverage than Original Medicare and Part D benefits alone. While private insurance companies offering Medicare Advantage must adhere to Medicare rules and regulations, they also have flexibility in setting certain plan terms. Eligibility criteria, networks and out-of-pocket costs can vary among plans. Despite the variety of options available, all plans follow the same federal Medicare guidelines.

Of the 1.1 million people eligible for Medicare in Minnesota in 2023, almost 590,000 of them are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan. This amounts to 53% of all Medicare beneficiaries in the state, which is 5% higher than the national average sitting at 48%. There has been a steady increase in enrollees to Medicare Advantage programs in the state of Minnesota, with an increase of 3% in 2023 over last year alone.

This guide provides a summary of Medicare Advantage Plans in Minnesota, including details about the leading plan choices, qualification criteria and the process to enroll in any of these plans.

The Top 10 Medicare Advantage Plans in Minnesota

Medicare Advantage Plans are available from many private insurance companies in Minnesota. Beneficiaries have a wide variety of plans to choose from and can select one with options based on their specific needs. The table below lists the top 10 private insurance companies offering Medicare Advantage Plans as of July 2023. Each company is ranked based on the number of enrollees. A range of the expected cost of coverage for each company and a 2023 Medicare star rating are also included. More information about Medicare Advantage Plans and the options available can be found on



Medicare Star Rating

Monthly Cost Range

Plan Types

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota



$0 – $212


Kaiser Permanente



$0 – $220





$0 – $196





$0 – $127





$0 – $136


Allina Health Aetna Medicare



$0 – $147


Quartz Medicare Advantage



$0 – $152





$0 – $75


Molina Healthcare of Washington, Inc.



$0 – $93





$0 – $0


How Medicare Advantage Plans Work in Minnesota

Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota may be health maintenance organization (HMO) or paid provider organization (PPO) plans, or they may take another structure. The structure is set by the insurance company that offers the plan, which is why they vary, and different insurance providers may offer more than one plan that falls under the Medicare Advantage umbrella. In addition, these plans will have different rules for eligibility, copayments, deductibles and coverage. For this reason, applicants need to carefully read the plans to find one that fits their needs best.

Medicare Advantage Plan Types Graphic

What Medicare Advantage Plans Cover in Minnesota

All Medicare Advantage plans in Minnesota cover the same things covered in Medicare Parts A and B, except for hospice. Hospice is only provided under Medicare Part A. Because these plans come from private insurers they often have additional coverage, like vision, hearing aids and medications. Each plan will vary, but the table below outlines some coverage seniors may find under Medicare Advantage Plans. 

Coverage Available With Medicare Parts A & B?

Coverage Available With Medicare Advantage?

Preventive Screenings



Hospital Care



Durable Medical Equipment



Prescription Drugs



Vision Care



Dental Care



Hearing Aids



*Select plans offer this coverage

** Most plans offer this coverage

Eligibility for Medicare Advantage in Minnesota

Before qualifying to receive Medicare Advantage, a senior must already be a Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B beneficiary. These plans also require that the applicant live within the service area and meet the eligibility requirements of Original Medicare. This means they must be either qualified immigrants or U.S. citizens. To apply, seniors must also be age 65 or older or have a disability that qualifies them to receive Medicare.

The enrollment periods are also important to understand because seniors who do not enroll during these periods will either not be able to enroll or will pay penalties. The timing of the enrollment process is explained in greater detail below.

  • Initial Coverage Election Period: This is the initial 7-month period, coinciding with one’s 65th birthday, during which everyone is eligible to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan.
  • Annual Election Period (AEP): Also referred to as the Open Enrollment Period, this the time of year when anyone over 65 can enroll in Medicare Advantage for the first time or change to a new plan.
  • Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period: During this period, those who are already enrolled in Medicare Advantage can switch to a different plan or switch back to Original Medicare.

Start Date

End Date

Initial Coverage Election

3 Months Before One’s
65th Birth Month

3 Months After One’s
65th Birth Month

Annual Election Period

October 15th

December 7th

Medicare Advantage Open
Enrollment Period

January 1st

March 31st

Additionally, Medicare Advantage plan participants can change their plan outside of these enrollment periods under certain qualifying circumstances, such as moving to a new state.

How to Find & Choose a Medicare Advantage Plan in Minnesota

Navigating the many intricacies of Medicare Advantage plan types, insurers, and the specific plan options available by region can be a difficult and time-consuming task. Below are several resources we’ve created to help you through the process.

First is a downloadable PDF that you can use as a guide to help you compare plans as you research. Finally, we have listed a number of organizations that you can contact with experts that will help you determine whether Medicare Advantage is right for you and what plans you should consider.

Choose a Medicare Advantage Plan

State-Wide Medicare Advantage Resources

Minnesota SHIP Program

The Minnesota Board on Aging operates the statewide MN SHIP program that provides advice, assistance and direct application support for health care resources to Minnesotans aged 60 and over. Program assistance includes discount pharmaceutical programs, Extra Help benefits for Part D premiums and other Medicare issues. MN SHIP case workers also provide preadmission screening for seniors moving into long-term care and fraud prevention and reporting hotlines. Eligible seniors must meet income and asset limits for some means-tested programs.

Contact Info

Seniors in Minnesota who would like to contact the Board on Aging for any of the services it offers, or for referrals to affiliated programs, can call the main program center, known as the Senior LinkAge Line, at 1-800-333-2433. Email inquiries may be submitted to [email protected]. Correspondence, including paper applications for services, is accepted at the Minnesota Board on Aging’s main office.

Minnesota Commerce Department

The Minnesota Commerce Department provides free information about health insurance, costs of care and Medicare coverage on its website. Information provided includes up-to-date changes to Medicare legislation, Medicare Advantage plan changes and available Part D benefits. Further information and advice about benefits includes the end of Minnesota Medicare Cost plans and other variations on Medicare benefits in the state. Fraud, waste and abuse reporting is also available through the department.

Contact Info

Contact the Minnesota Commerce Department by phone via the main line at 1-800-657-3602. Emails may be sent to [email protected]. Correspondence with the department may be mailed to the Minnesota Department of Commerce at its headquarters in Saint Paul.

Minnesota Senior Health Options

The Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO) program focuses assistance on the 35,000 Minnesotans who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. People in this category are usually seniors who have reached eligibility for Medicare, while having income and assets that fall below the state Medicaid threshold. MSHO coordinates care between these two services, helping to ensure seniors who are dual-eligible get full coverage of their health needs with minimal to nonexistent gaps in coverage. Program counselors can explain both programs to beneficiaries, assist with initial applications for coverage and help manage denials of service. Other program services include publishing educational materials for beneficiaries and their caregivers about benefits and assistance locating additional resources.

Contact Info

Contact the MSHO program by calling 1-800-366-5411. Email inquiries may be submitted at [email protected]. Seniors can send mail inquiries to MSHO at its office in the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building in Saint Paul.


Local Medicare Advantage Resources

HealthFinders Collaborative Medication Assistance Program – Faribault

The HealthFinders Collaborative (HFC) Medication Assistance Program (MAP) -Faribault is part of a statewide medication assistance program that helps seniors find Part D benefits and co-payment assistance for prescription drugs. The program offers no-cost prescription medications to all uninsured Rice County residents. Working with Sterling Drug as a local partner, Faribault MAP provides medication assistance to patients at its own clinic and at local hospitals and emergency departments. Prescriptions may be delivered to seniors with limited ability to travel to a pharmacy. The MAP staff includes MNsure-approved navigators, who act as certified benefits counselors for seniors seeking coverage under Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Navigators help seniors aged 60 and over understand and apply for benefits, as well as identify other benefits they may be eligible for. Program counselors can also assist beneficiaries apply for private insurance, including Medicare supplements and Extra Help, the federal assistance program for Part D co-payments. 

Contact Info

Both clinical and counseling services offered by HealthFinders are available by appointment only. Call 507-323-8100 to speak with an intake worker to schedule a visit. The state program may be reached with inquiries via email at [email protected]. Applications, inquiries and written requests for assistance may be mailed to the program’s Faribault office.

 Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging

Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging is the regional branch of this Minnesota Board on Aging’s senior resource program. Through the AAA, seniors can receive no-cost counseling about their health insurance options, including Medicare, and available prescription drug programs. The AAA also provides SHIP and Senior Medicare Patrol assistance and acts as the local Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC).

Contact Info

Seniors in the AAA’s service area can contact the Senior LinkAge line at 1-800-333-2433 for information and assistance. Mail, including completed application packets, may be sent to the agency’s address in Warren.

County Human Services Offices

Every county in Minnesota has a Department of Human Services office so seniors can receive assistance and services in the area where they live. Case workers in these DHS offices can assist Minnesota seniors with signing up for benefit programs they may be eligible for, as well as provide impartial advice regarding Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid benefits. 

Contact Info

Seniors can contact their local DHS office to schedule an appointment with a case worker. A list of contact information for each county office, as well as tribal offices and other health counseling agencies, can be found here.

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