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Health services company offers Minnesotans customized 2014 rates with online calculator, shares five things every Minnesotan should consider before buying health insurance
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn., Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PreferredOne, a Minnesota-based health services company, today announced that it offers the lowest-cost individual and family healthcare insurance plans available at all metal levels in eight of the nine MNsure pricing regions. The company offers 11 different plan options and two network choices, all of which meet the Affordable Care guidelines set forward in the new federal healthcare regulations. Minnesotans who are shopping for new plans, or who are currently uninsured, can review rates, coverage plans and provider networks immediately at PreferredOne.com. Enrollment begins October 1.
PreferredOne offers plans at varying levels, from catastrophic plans for younger, healthier people who may not otherwise consider health insurance. All plans offer 100 percent coverage for preventive care, discounts at health clubs, vision and pediatric dental coverage. Plan choices also include two provider networks. The Choice network offers access to 99 percent of the clinics and hospitals in Minnesota. The Select network, a more affordable option for those in the metro area, provides access to more than 6,000 doctors and first-rate healthcare systems including Fairview, HealthEast and North Memorial.
"PreferredOne is able to offer access to high-quality care at the lowest rates because we already have experience with individual and family plans, our administrative costs are low and we have longstanding relationships with providers, which allows us to manage costs for our members," said Steve Peterson, director of marketing, PreferredOne. "We believe that our excellent networks, flexible coverage options and lowest-cost premiums will make PreferredOne a great choice for Minnesotans who are shopping for a new plan."
Calculating 2014 Rates
MNsure allows consumers to shop for comparable plans and compare rates, but there are still options to consider and choices to make. PreferredOne is the only insurance carrier to date to make customized, 2014 rates available through its online rate calculator.
"Navigating choices about healthcare provider networks, co-pays and deductibles can be confusing and intimidating. We have an online tool that helps individuals and families understand their options and get an immediate premium quote," said Peterson. "Our goal is to make it easy for Minnesotans to evaluate their options, know their costs and make an informed choice."
Five Things To Consider
Even though the MNsure healhcare exchange is designed to help consumers make "apples to apples" plan comparisons, selecting the best healthcare plan to meet individual circumstances can still be challenging. Here are five things for consumers to consider as they begin their selection process:
PreferredOne (preferredone.com) is a Minnesota-based health services company offering employers and individuals a comprehensive range of health benefits services, including insurance products (fully and self-insured) throughout Minnesota and the upper Midwest.
Founded in 1984, PreferredOne is owned by Fairview Health Services, North Memorial Health Care and PreferredOne Physician Associates. PreferredOne offers health insurance administrative services and care networks. PreferredOne's full range of wellness, condition management and health coaching services supports members in reaching their health care goals. PreferredOne offers its plans through three companies, PreferredOne Community Health Plan, PreferredOne Insurance Company and PreferredOne Administrative Services. The company is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minn.
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