Medica and Mayo Clinic announced Monday a new lower-cost health plan for Southern Minnesota.

“This health plan expands options for consumers seeking Mayo Clinic care in Rochester and throughout Southern Minnesota at a lower cost than other available options and at the lowest price in southeast Minnesota on the MNSure exchange,” according to news release.

The plan - called Medica with Mayo Clinic - includes care at Mayo Clinic and throughout Mayo Clinic Health System as well as Northfield Hospitals & Clinics and Winona Health. It is available to residents in 18 Minnesota counties including Goodhue County.

Options are gold, silver, bronze and catastrophic with self-only deductibles starting at $300 and family deductibles at $900. Plans include no-deductible coverage for preventive care.

Copay plans have office visit and specialty copays at $30 or $60, Mayo Express Care for a $10 copay and generic drugs at no greater than a $10 copay.

“We constantly strive to make Mayo Clinic care more accessible and affordable in the communities we serve,” said Dr. Brian Whited, vice-chair of operations for Mayo Clinic Health System. “Through this arrangement, consumers can get the Mayo Clinic care they want and need to support their health and wellness and get it at a lower cost.”

The plan will be available starting Jan. 1, 2015 and can be purchased on or off the MNSure exchange.