Friday, September 13, 2013

Medicare will NOT be affected by the Health Care Marketplace

The massive advertising campaign directing consumers to sign up for the new Health Care Exchanges, often referred to as “Obamacare,”  has confused many Medicare recipients. Here’s the bottom line . . .

People on Medicare do NOT need to do anything with the Marketplace during Open Enrollment. The Health Insurance Marketplace that starts in October, 2014 is designed to help people who don’t have any health coverage.

Medicare benefits are not changing under the Health Care Marketplace. Medicare’s Open Enrollment isn’t part of the Marketplace.

Julie Bataille, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said, “We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits aren’t changing and the Marketplace doesn’t require them to do anything different.”

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