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Medica not withdrawing Medicare plans in ND, company clarifies

BISMARCK—Citing confusion over recent news reports, Medica clarified Monday, Oct. 9, that it is not withdrawing its Medicare plans from North Dakota in 2018.

The company is withdrawing its individual health plans from the North Dakota insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, as previously announced by state Insurance Commissioner Jon Godfread. Those plans are sold to people under the age of 65 who purchase coverage on their own.

Medicare is the federal health insurance program for those who are at least 65 years old, under age 65 with certain disabilities and people of all ages with end-stage renal disease.

"We want people in the state to know that Medica is committed to serving North Dakota

seniors and will continue to provide Medicare options in 2018 and beyond," Thomas Lindquist, Medica's senior vice president of government programs, said in a statement.

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