The Telegram
  • Clarifying the Affordable Care Act for senior citizens

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  • HERKIMER ó The Affordable Care Act is legislation seniors need to understand so they donít make unnecessary changes to their health care out of ignorance, fear or as a result of individuals looking to take advantage of the confusion.
    Seniors who already have health insurance provided by Medicare do not need to do anything. They are already covered and their benefits will not change whether they are enrolled in traditional Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan. Seniors age 65 and older without health care coverage should still enroll in Medicare through www.medicare.gov.
    Seniors on Medicare that wish to review and change their health plans may do so during the open enrollment period which runs until Dec. 7. Seniors may go to MyMedicare.gov or contact their local HIICAP office at 61 West St. Ilion by calling 894-9917 or the Herkimer County Office for The Aging at 867-1415.
    The ACA was signed into law March 23, 2010, to provide greater access to health care coverage, improve the quality of services delivered and reduce the increase in health spending.
    For more information go to the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare at www.ncpssm.org.
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