Medicare and the Affordable Care Act–facts & myths to be addressed
By Elsa Maxey
The Independent Payment Advisory Board, a federal review body set to become operational in 2014 under Obamacare, will it have the authority to cut Medicare costs impacting Fort Bend Seniors in order to meet Congressional spending targets? With health insurance exchanges factoring into health insurance coverage set to open on October 1, what’s going to happen to current Medicare coverage? Will health care be rationed to the elderly and possibly others?
This fear based scenario continues to make the rounds. Is it true? That’s a question for elected policy makers, like Congressman Pete Olson, for example. And although he does not support the law, it needs addressing because the matter is in the making…and many seniors have fears about how the new law, with three in 10 Americans not familiar with it says a recent Gallup poll, and how its reforms will change what they now have or what they may be getting instead.
But also be aware that “there’s no new Medicare card,” she says. “This is a new Medicare fraud scam that is targeting our senior population.” She also said that unscrupulous people know seniors are concerned these days about Medicare under Obamacare. The Medicare card is still the same one, and right now, “Medicare is safe and here for your medical needs,” she advises.
As a public service, King, who has over 20 years experience in the Medicare and health insurance field, will be speaking on Thursday, September 26, at 6:30 at the Sugar Creek Baptist Church LYF Center, 13444 SW Freeway in Sugar Land, and she’ll share seniors’ concerns candidly, and talk about how Medicare works for those already receiving benefits, for those approaching Medicare eligibility (numbers are astounding as boomers turn 65), and/or for those interested in helping a friend or family member.
You’ll hear from King the ins and outs of the Medicare entitlement program itself and, also what lies ahead, again, “as we now know it,” she said. “It’s important to know what you need to do, especially when you make choices that will lock you in.” King advises knowing about the different kinds of Medicare supplements being marketed and asks that as much information as possible be reviewed “to pick and choose what will suit your needs the best.” There’s “no cookie-cutter plan out there for seniors,” she cautions.
Currently, Medicare benefits kick in at 65 years of age, but that could change because it looks like reforms in the making to financially sustain Medicare may be coming.
So, for now, pencil in the date for a free event open to the public, and pick up what some consider the best tips for seniors eligible for, or on the verge of eligibility for Medicare.
Presented by a specialist in the field, King will also be available to answer questions on site or later.
For more information, interested persons are asked to call 832-800-4674 or visit tonisays.com.
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