Minnesota | Spring | 2009 | Health Plan Analysis

With the economic downturn pushing more Minnesotans out of work, health plans are getting ready for a likely surge in people seeking individual health plans, but are also watching to see if the new federal subsidy for COBRA coverage will increase COBRA uptake.

Minnesota's a leader in the acceptance of account-based health plans, and the economic mess seems only likely to accelerate that trend.

Minnesota's pilot program with HealthPartners in medication management more diabetes patients is paying off, and will likely be expanded to other disease classes.

At a time when other Medicare Advantage players in Minnesota appear to be relaxing their efforts to grow, two players in the market made major gains in membership.