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New Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period Ends March 31

Minnesotans on Medicare have until March 31, 2019 to make changes to their Medicare Advantage Plan for the calendar year. New in 2019, people who have their Medicare benefits through a Medicare Advantage Plan can make a one-time plan change from January 1 through March 31. This new open enrollment period gives Medicare beneficiaries a […]

We’re Hiring

Information and Assistance Specialist We’re accepting applications for a Senior LinkAge Line Information and Assistance Specialist position. Specialists provide comprehensive, clear, and objective information and assistance to older adults and their family members. This position also includes providing education and outreach to community groups, providers and individuals. Occasional travel in MNRAAA’s service area required. Community […]

Give to the Max: November 15, 2018

Look for the Loons Winner Kelly Wolle, Administrative and Communications Assistant, was a winner of a $100 gift certificate as part of’s “Look for the Loons” scavenger hunt in anticipation of Give to the Max Day. Kelly’s donation will go toward’s MNRAAA’s Evidence-Based Leader Training Scholarship. Evidence-Based Leader Training Scholarship Please join us on November […]

Spotlight on Title III Services: Legal Advocacy for Older Americans Project

“The primary service areas for SMRLS Legal Advocacy for Older Americans Project are helping to protect the elderly from abuse, helping them to get the financial, medical and food support that they need, and helping low income elderly people to obtain the housing, protections and services they need to live a comfortable and healthy life without undue or inordinate stress.”

Medicare Assistance for Spanish-Speaking Older Adults

Staff from the Senior LinkAge Line met with members of the “Our Golden Age” group in St. James on October 24. Community members and Wellspring Faith in Action work together to sponsor the bi-monthly meeting for Spanish-speaking older adults and caregivers. Members are provided both educational opportunities and entertainment. Sarah Reiman, MNRAAA’s Volunteer Coordinator, and […]

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Medicare Open Enrollment 2019

Medicare Cost Plans are Ending in Most Minnesota Counties Due to a change in federal law, Medicare Cost Plans will end in counties where there are two or more Medicare Advantage plans that meet enrollment numbers. In 2019, Medicare Cost Plans will only be available in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Goodhue, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Le […]

Linda Giersdorf

Linda Giersdorf, Executive Director of MNRAAA to Retire

Linda Giersdorf has announced her retirement as the Executive Director of the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging (MNRAAA). In her 35 years of service to the MNRAAA, Linda has served in a variety of positions advancing from an entry level position to executive director; the position she has held for the past 25 years. […]

Request for Public Review and Comment on 2019 Older Americans Act Funding Proposal

In accordance with the Older Americans Act (Section 315(c)(1)), the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging is soliciting the views of older adults, providers and other stakeholders on two parts of its 2019 funding proposal to the Minnesota Board on Aging. Plans for Program Development and Coordination Activities funded under Title III-B (Supportive Services.)  Download […]

Every Vote Counts

Welcome to the Summer Edition of MNRAAA news. I hope you will enjoy reading about recent “happenings” at MNRAAA as well as upcoming opportunities and events. A significant opportunity will be voting in the upcoming elections. 2018 will be the first election in Minnesota since 1978 that both U.S. Senate seats and the governorship will […]

Medicare is Changing in Minnesota

Medicare Cost Plans, a type of Medicare plan very popular in Minnesota, will be ending on December 31, 2018 for many, but not all Medicare beneficiaries. This will affect Medicare coverage for many people on Medicare across the state.