Oct 2019 Forum: Medicare – The benefit that keeps on changing (2020 update)

Medicare – The benefit that keeps on changing (2020 update)


Whether Medicare has been your health care plan for many years, or you expect to be eligible for Medicare on or after January 1, 2020, there are some things you need to know about changes coming to Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans.
DID YOU KNOW?  Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin obtained waivers from implementing the standardized Medicare Supplement plans because these states already had statewide standardized plans prior to 1990.  In 2020, these waivered states must comply with eliminating coverage for the Part B deductible.

However, we know that our SHIFT members may have loved ones outside of MN, WI and MA, so we’ll touch on some of the major changes scheduled for 2020 too:

  • Medicare Supplement Plan F and Plan C will no longer be available to those who became eligible on or after January 1, 2020.
  • In addition, in 2020, Medicare will be on its way to closing the Medicare Part D Donut Hole.
  • If you enroll in Medicare on or after January 1, 2020, you will not be able to purchase a Medigap Plan C or F.  There will be no Medigap Plan available to you that will cover the Plan B deductible. You will be able to purchase a Plan G, which has all the benefits of Plan F. However, it does not pay the Part B deductible.

Confused?  Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. 

In this Forum session with Kelli Jo Greiner, we’ll focus primarily on basic Medicare information specific to MN residents but we’ll provide insight on all the upcoming 2020 Plan updates as well.


Trying to unravel the complexities of Medicare is like swimming through a bowl of Alphabet Soup.


Tonite’s session, with Kelli Jo Greiner, will focus on basic Medicare information as well as provide insight on all the upcoming 2020 Plan updates as well.

Event Information

Monday, October 7, 2019
6:30 pm – Registration, Networking
7:00 pm – Presentation
Mankato State University at Edina
7700 France Ave S, Edina, MN 55435
SHIFT Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $25.00


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Our Presenter

Kelli Jo Greiner, Health Care Policy Analyst from the Minnesota Board on Aging | Minnesota Department of Human Services, is a Social Worker and Paralegal who has worked for 36 years within the state and federal aging policy, advocacy and legislative arena. Kelli Jo has extensive knowledge of Medicare and in 2005 was chosen by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to lead the efforts to implement Medicare Part D statewide.

Kelli Jo Greiner currently holds the position of Health Care Policy Analyst/Medicare Product Manager with the Senior LinkAge Line Team at the Minnesota Board on Aging.  She is an integral team member that is responsible for the Aging and Disability Resource Center, Senior Medicare Patrol,  OAA Title III Information and Assistance, state long-term care information access systems including www.minnesotahelp.info, the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP), Long Term Care Options Counseling and specific state initiatives including Return to Community and Long Term Care Expansion. She can be reached by at 651-431-2581 or by email at kellijo.greiner@state.mn.us.


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We’re looking forward to seeing you!!