Medicare plays a key role in providing health and financial security to beneficiaries residing in Minnesota. With more than a million Minnesota beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare, we’ll cover some very important information below about Medicare in Minnesota. We want to help you better understand your options and make the decision-process as seamless as possible once you’re ready to enroll in Medicare or discover different coverage options.

Minnesota Medicare Enrollments


Original Medicare Plans (Part A and B)


Medicare Advantage & Other Health Plans


Stand-alone Medicare Part D (Drug Plans)


Total Medicare Beneficiaries in Minnesota:

Who Qualifies for Medicare in Minnesota?

Medicare covers most Minnesota residents who are age 65 or older, and it also covers disabled Minnesota residents. In general, Medicare enrollment in Minnesota works the same way as it does in the rest of the country. If you qualify, Original Medicare Part A and Part B will help cover your health costs.

Once you have Medicare eligibility, you can begin choosing a new health plan through a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medigap plan, and/or a Medicare Part D drug plan.

Who Qualifies for Medicare

Local Medicare Health Plan Resources in Minnesota

  • Minnesota Board on Aging (MBA): MBA works to ensure that older Minnesotans and their families are effectively served by state and local policies and programs, so they can age well and live well. The MBA does this through its three major roles: administrator, advisor, and advocate. Program assistance includes discount pharmaceutical programs, Extra Help benefits for Part D premiums, and other Medicare issues. MN SHIP caseworkers 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: Call 1-800-333-2433 or email [email protected]

  • Minnesota Commerce Department provides free information about health insurance, costs of care, and Medicare coverage. Information provided includes up-to-date changes to Medicare legislation, Medicare Advantage plan changes, and available Part D benefits.
    Contact: Call 1-800-657-3602 or email [email protected].

  • Minnesota Senior Health Options (MSHO): MSHO focuses assistance on the 35,000 Minnesotans who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. The program combines separate health programs and support systems into one health care package. It is a voluntary program for people ages 65 or older who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) and enrolled in Medicare Parts A and B.
    Contact: Call 1-800-366-5411, email [email protected], or mail inquiries to MSHO at its office in the Elmer L. Andersen Human Services Building in Saint Paul.

  • HealthFinders Collaborative (HFC) Medication Assistance Program (MAP): HFC is a community health center that provides a comprehensive primary access point to health services for the marginalized families of Rice County. Through primary care, medication assistance, patient education and advocacy, and community-based wellness programming, HFC works across the continuum of wellness to collaborate and engage communities in their own health. HFC believes in the inherent capacity of our patients and communities to support health and wellness.
    Contact: Call 507-323-8100; email [email protected]; or 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 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: Call 1-800-333-2433

The licensed agents that are partnered with Timefor65 can help you compare the availability, benefits, and costs of Medicare plans in your specific region of Minnesota. Our process makes it easier for you to access your Medicare eligibility in Minnesota so that you receive personalized, affordable, and easy-to-use coverage options and solutions. Feel free to fill out the form or give us a call at (866) 327-0148 anytime to get your free quote and ask any questions that may be lingering.