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Medicare shift could force changes for 10,000 in Minnesota


October 7, 2020


M Health Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina is shown in a 2017 photo.

One of the state's largest Medicare Advantage insurers says M Health Fairview and CentraCare are opting out of the health plan's network next year, a shift that could force more than 10,000 Minnesotans to either change insurers or pay more of out of pocket to see their doctors.

Humana Inc., the Kentucky-based insurance giant, says it recently received word that the health systems starting next year intend to leave the company's Medicare Advantage network. Networks are important in Medicare Advantage plans because patients typically pay more out of pocket if they want to visit an out-of-network doctor or hospital.

Humana says it's open to talking with both health systems so they might still be included next year, but M Health Fairview says seniors should consider changing insurers.


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