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MEDICARE OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS EARLY IN 2011


Thu, Oct 27th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





Medicare Open Enrollment season has begun. If that seems a bit early to you - you're right. This year the Open Enrollment period begins and ends early (Oct. 15th - Dec. 7th). In previous years the enrollment period began closer to November and extended until the end of December.

In order to avoid confusion and ensure that no senior misses their opportunity to review changes, it is more important than ever to spread the word on this critically important time of the year.



AARP recommends that everyone enrolled in Medicare take the opportunity to review their plan each year and make sure it is still the right choice for them. Circumstances change each year. Premiums can increase, benefits could increase or decrease and an individuals' health status could change as well. Any or all of these factors could lead seniors to need a new plan.



It is also just a good practice to review the competition to ensure you aren't spending too much money. Plans that were more expensive years ago may be cheaper now.



Too many seniors put off the Open Enrollment season because they feel it is too complicated or complex. But it is important to understand that there are resources out there to help you take advantage of this opportunity to save money and improve your coverage.



The best resource for Minnesota seniors without a doubt is the Senior LinkAge Line. The LinkAge Line is a partnership between the state

Administration on Aging and the federal Area Agencies on Aging. It is the one stop shop that has it all - and the volunteers and staff at the LinkAge Line specialize in Medicare plans.



The LinkAge Line can be reached toll-free at 1-800-333-2433. In addition to answering questions about Medicare, they can also assist with long term care needs, referrals and applications for heating and nutrition assistance.



Before choosing a new plan it is important to consider things like: how much will it cost for premiums, prescriptions and copayments, are your current doctors covered in the new plan, do you need referrals to see a specialist, are your medications covered and is your local pharmacy included in the plan's network.



If you are on Medicare or have a loved one on Medicare these are very important decisions. It is so critical to have the most affordable plan that meets your needs.



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DIFFERENCES BETWEEN YOUTH IN CORRECTION FACILITIES AND MAINSTREAM SCHOOLS HIGHLIGHTED IN REPORT

Mon, Sep 26th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST. PAUL - Differences between Minnesota youth in correctional facilities and mainstream schools are detailed in Youth in Minnesota Correctional Facilities, a report from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs (O ..... 
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Sprinkler systems help stop 81 fires in 2010

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

SPRINKLER SYSTEMS HELP STOP 81 FIRES IN 2010

Numbers Illustrate How Sprinklers Save Lives and Property



ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) today announced that 81 building fi ..... 
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Root River Bike Trail update

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

Until the middle of July the only bridge being worked on is the big confluence bridge about 1.5 miles north of Lanesboro. The bridge is closed to trail users from 7am-6pm Mon- Fri, EXCEPT for this week where no bridge work will be done between Thurs ..... 
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Small-Business Owners Speak Out Against Dayton Tax Plan

Wed, Jun 29th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



ST.PAUL, Minn., June 28, 2011- Today, leaders of the National Federation of Independent Business, the state's largest business group in terms of entities with approximately 12,000 members statewide, held a press conference to oppose the large ..... 
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Minnesota cannot rely on policies of the past

Wed, Jun 15th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota



Minnesota cannot rely

on policies of the past



TO THE EDITOR:



When most of us don't complete a task, or believe we don't have it just right, we put in a little overtime. It is no different at the State Le ..... 
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TILLWATER TEENS AGAIN WIN TRAFFIC SAFETY TV CONTEST

Thu, Jun 2nd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota





ST. PAUL - For a second year, teenage students from Stillwater Area High School won the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)-AAA Don't Drive Distracted, Teens! TV Commercial Challenge. Minnesotans can view the winning spot, "F ..... 
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nemployment rate drops to 6.5 percent

Fri, May 27th, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

State loses 5,200 jobs in April

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota unemployment rate fell 0.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted 6.5 percent in April, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development ..... 
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Mn/DOT to repair pavement cracks on nine highways in southeastern Minnesota

Mon, May 23rd, 2011
Posted in State of Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Motorists can expect brief lane closures as crews make pavement repairs on various highways in Dodge, Fillmore, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, Wabasha and Winona counties beginning Monday, May 16. Flaggers will control traffic dur ..... 
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