Minnesota Insurers Cut Fees for 70,000 in Medicare Health Plans

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

HealthPartners and Medica are waiving certain fees for more than 70,000 people in Medicare health plans to encourage seniors to seek care despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The moves respond to signs that many people have been putting doctor visits on hold, possibly due to worries about exposure to the novel coronavirus. HealthPartners is waiving cost-sharing fees for Medicare members when they seek in-network primary care and behavioral health visits between July and December. The change applies to about 45,000 people in the insurer’s Medicare Advantage, Medicare Cost and group retiree health plans in Minnesota and neighboring states.  Minnetonka-based Medica is waiving cost-sharing for in-office, in-network appointments from June to September. Savings are available to about 28,000 people in Minnesota enrolled in the insurer’s Medicare Advantage health plans.

Source/more: Minneapolis Star-Tribune