Feds To Waive Penalties For Some Who Signed Up Late For Medicare

Many people with marketplace health plans purchased under the Affordable Care Act didn’t realize they need to switch to Medicare Part B plans at age 65.

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Many people with marketplace health plans purchased under the Affordable Care Act didn’t realize they need to switch to Medicare Part B plans at age 65.

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Each year, thousands of Americans miss their deadline to enroll in Medicare, and federal officials and consumer advocates worry that many of them mistakenly think they don’t need to sign up because they have purchased insurance on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces. That failure to enroll on time can leave them facing a lifetime of penalties.

Now Medicare has temporarily changed its rules to offer a reprieve from those late-enrollment penalties for anyone who kept the ACA policy after becoming eligible for Medicare Part B. For those 65 and older and for people with disabilities, Medicare Part B covers doctor visits and outpatient care.

Many of these people who missed the deadline “did not receive the information necessary …

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/06/06/531263277/feds-to-waive-penalties-for-some-who-signed-up-late-for-medicare?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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