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Monday, September 16, 2013

"HEY DOC," DEBUTS THIS WEEK IN ADVANCE OF OCT. 1 OPENING OF INSURANCE MARKETPLACE

Plenty of recent news stories have documented the confusion among Texans over the coming opening of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace. Starting Oct. 1, people can buy insurance from the marketplace to comply with the ACA’s “individual mandate,” which requires everyone to be covered next year. To do our part to calm the confusion, we are launching our “Hey, Doc” campaign this week. “Hey, Doc” will provide objective and nonpartisan answers to Texans’ most frequently asked questions about the marketplace. We want to ensure all Texans understand what the marketplace does and what steps they need to take.

Today’s “Hey, Doc” tidbit: Patients who have Medicare don’t need to do anything through the marketplace. Like Medicaid, VA benefits, TRICARE, many individual health plans, and most health plans provided by employers, Medicare insurance satisfies the mandate. In fact, the Obama administration now says it’s illegal to sell marketplace plans to Medicare beneficiaries.

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