Medicare Advantage expands coverage, adds benefits

Align powered by Sanford Health Plan expands to 38 new counties

Medicare Advantage expands coverage, adds benefits

Sanford Health Plan’s Medicare Advantage plan, Align powered by Sanford Health Plan, is expanding to 38 new counties for its second year.

County names in bold below are new for 2023 among those where Sanford Health Plan currently offers Medicare Advantage coverage:

  • Iowa: Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Sioux
  • Minnesota: Becker, Beltrami, Big Stone, Clay, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lac Qui Parle, Mahnomen, Marshall, Nobles, Norman, Otter Tail, Pennington, Pipestone, Polk, Red Lake, Rock, Traverse, Wilkin
  • North Dakota: Barnes, Burleigh, Cass, Grand Forks, Griggs, McLean, Mercer, Morton, Nelson, Oliver, Ramsey, Ransom, Richland, Steele, Stutsman, Traill, Walsh
  • South Dakota: Brookings, Clark, Clay, Day, Deuel, Douglas, Hanson, Hutchinson, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, McCook, Marshall, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Roberts, Sanborn, Turner

There are three key benefit enhancements this year.

Members can save more when using preferred pharmacies, including CVS, Gateway Pharmacy, Lewis Drug, Sanford Health Pharmacy, Seip Drug and Thrifty White.

All Align powered by Sanford Health Plan members now have dental benefits with Delta Dental, the nation’s leading provider.

Over-the-Counter quarterly benefits are being increased to $55 for Align ChoicePlus and $75 for Align ChoiceElite.  This will provide members up to 37% more to purchase items such as cold medicine, bandages, and more through NationsBenefits.

John Snyder, president of Sanford Health Plan, said bringing Medicare Advantage plans, which include numerous supplemental benefits, to more counties Sanford serves will help support our mission of improving health.

“As a health plan that is part of Sanford Health’s integrated system of care, we are uniquely positioned to provide personalized, comprehensive and affordable coverage for Medicare beneficiaries throughout the region,” said Snyder. “Because of the positive outcomes we saw in our first year offering Medicare Advantage, we’re able to bring the plans to more seniors across the Dakotas, Minnesota and now into Iowa. We are focused on keeping people healthy and well by equipping our members with innovative services and extra benefits to improve health and manage chronic conditions.”

What is Medicare Advantage?

Medicare Advantage plans provide an all-in-one bundled option for seniors, combining Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B coverage with additional, more robust benefits which may include prescription drug coverage, preventive care, dental, vision and hearing and other services like meals and fitness memberships.

When can members enroll?

Medicare-eligible individuals in the expansion counties will soon be able to enroll in Sanford’s Medicare Advantage plans for the 2023 plan year during the Annual Enrollment Period that runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, 2022. Residents who live in counties where we currently offer Medicare Advantage can enroll in Align powered by Sanford Health Plan at any time if they have a Special Enrollment Period.

Medicare seminars

Sanford Health Plan is again hosting community seminars for Medicare beneficiaries. These “Medicare 101” events are free to attend and open to the public to help you learn more about the ins and outs of Medicare and the Align plans. Sign up online.

About Sanford Health Plan

Uniquely positioned in the upper Midwest, Sanford Health Plan is a provider-owned health plan that is part of Sanford Health’s integrated system of care. Part of one of the largest non-profit, rural health systems in the country, Sanford Health Plan leads the region in affordable, sustainable health coverage in an evolving health care landscape. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Sanford Health Plan provides coverage to more than 220,000 members. Learn more about Sanford Health Plan at

Align powered by Sanford Health Plan is a PPO with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Align powered by Sanford Health Plan depends on contract renewal. Sanford Health Plan complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, or any other classification protected under the law. This information is not a complete list of benefits. Call (888) 605-9277 (TTY: 711) for more information. If you need language services or information given in a different format please call (888) 278-6485 (TTY: (888) 279-1549). ATENCIÓN: si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al (888) 278-6485 (TTY: (888) 279-1549). 注意:如果您使用繁體中文,您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電 (888) 278-6485 (TTY: (888) 279-1549). Call (888) 605-9277 (TTY: 711) for more information and for accommodations of persons with special needs at meetings.

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