While an estimated 320,000 seniors across Minnesota will need to change Medicare health plans in the coming months, both Stevens and Traverse counties will keep the Medicare Cost plans for its residents in 2019. That plan is being eliminated in 66 counties throughout the state.

Eileen Smith with the Minnesota Council of Health Plans explained to KMRS that the federal government determined where the Medicare Cost plan could stay. Its decision was based on how many Medicare Advantage health insurers there were in the area  and how many people were enrolled in Medicare Advantage. The government has not made any decisions about the plan for 2020.

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