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Board on Aging publishes Health Care Choices booklet for seniors

The 2011 edition of the Minnesota Health Care Choices booklet is now available online and in printed form from Area Agencies on Aging and the Senior LinkAge Line.

To access the booklet online, click on: To request a printed copy, call the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433.

The 172-page booklet is full of information for Medicare beneficiaries of all ages residing in any of Minnesota's 87 counties, including Medicare supplements, health plans, Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, Medicare savings programs, Medicare Advantage plans and Special Need Plan as well as the Minnesota Long-Term Care Partnership and other long-term care options, and fraud alerts. It is the only comprehensive, objective statewide publication available that provides information about all Medicare options for Minnesotans.

"This is an important resource for people wanting information about Medicare and all its programs and options," said Jean Wood, executive director, Minnesota Board on Aging.

The primary purpose of the governor-appointed Minnesota Board on Aging is to ensure that older Minnesotans and their families are effectively served by state and local policies and programs in order to age well and live well.

Partnering with area agencies on aging and others, the MBA administers and oversees the use of the Older Americans Act funds as well as state funds to support older Minnesotans.

In addition, the MBA provides objective information and data to the Minnesota Legislature, the governor and state agencies to shape policies that reflect the needs and interests of older Minnesotans.