The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said Wednesday that, due to incorrect information, it mistakenly sent out coverage termination notices to around 38,700 Medicare beneficiaries with plans from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.
CMS and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota are currently working on notifying these consumers to inform them that their plans are not in jeopardy.
“BCBS/MN recognized its error and we are working together to swiftly resolve this issue on behalf of beneficiaries,” CMS said in a statement.
Blue Cross added, “In the coming weeks, these members also will receive mailed materials from Blue Cross that confirm the availability of their same plan for next year.”
Medicare Cost plans are set to go away in 66 counties in Minnesota by 2019. The more than 38,000 beneficiaries who wrongly received BCBS termination notices reside in the 21 Minnesota counties where Cost plans will not be terminated. Around 320,000 Minnesotans will be affected by the change.
CMS and insurers have been gearing up for this major shift in Medicare coverage for more than a year. Blue Cross, HealthPartners, and Medica currently offer Medicare Cost plans in the state.
The elimination of Medicare Cost plans will not affect the following Minnesota counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Goodhue, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Le Sueur, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Pine, Pipestone, Rice, Rock, Sibley, St. Louis, Stevens, Traverse, and Yellow Medicine.