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What do these new Insurance Healthcare Marketplaces mean for those who already have Medicare? In short, the answer is nothing. If you're covered under Medicare, the following are some important things to remember:
- Medicare isn't part of the Health Insurance Marketplace so, if you are already covered by Medicare, no action is needed.
- Medicare's open enrollment period hasn't changed. In 2013, open enrollment began on October 15 and will run through December 7. During this time, all people who have Medicare can make changes to their health plans and prescription drug coverage for 2014. To find out how to make such changes, visit medicare.gov, or call 1-800-MEDICARE.
- The good news is, if you're on Medicare now, the ACA won't affect your choices, and your benefits won't be changing. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), "No matter how you get Medicare, whether through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan, you'll still have the same benefits and security you have now, and you won't have to make any changes."
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