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Selecting the Right Health Insurance Plan

Open enrollment season can feel daunting – unfamiliar terminology, predicting upcoming health needs, and decision deadlines – consider these tips as you determine what’s right for you and your family:

  • Find reputable sources of information:
    • If insurance is offered through your employer, reach out to Human Resources.
    • Compare plans and health benefits offered through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace at
    • Medical Assistance (MA) is Minnesota’s Medicaid program available to individuals or families with low or no income. To learn more about eligibility and enrollment, visit
    • Medicare is a federal health insurance program created for people over 65 or certain people with disabilities. Learn more at
  • Learn the terminology – check out for a comprehensive glossary.
  • Estimate how much care you’ll need by reviewing your potential needs (starting a family, allergy testing, hearing aids, etc) and considering recommended exams and screenings (colonoscopy, lung screening, etc).
  • Some plans restrict the hospital, clinic or healthcare professionals you can see. If you want the expertise of Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System, look for a plan that includes it in its choices.
  • Look for value-added benefits, like free health assessments, tobacco cessation counseling, virtual care or nurse advice.

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