| Mon, Sep 24, 2012 @ 09:00 AM

Medicare in the News

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

open enrollment period oep informationWelcome to Countdown to OEP! This is the first part of a two-part series designed by Medicare Made Clear to help you navigate the 2013 Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP). Countdown to OEP gives you key information that can help you get ready for OEP. The second part of the series, OEP Boot Camp, starts in October.

The 2013 Medicare Open Enrollment Period (OEP) this fall comes at a time in which it seems you can’t open the newspaper, turn on the television or go onto Facebook without hearing about Medicare. Unfortunately, all of these reports and opinions can sometimes lead to confusion. 

What does all of this talk have to do with you and your Medicare coverage? And how does it affect the choices you make for OEP?

Changes in Health Care Law

Starting in June 2012, you may have been hearing a lot about health care in the media. Some of this might have had to do with the Supreme Court and health care legislation. Here are two important facts to understand about Medicare and that legislation:

  • One of the two main points of the health care law addressed by the Supreme Court mentions Medicaid. This isn’t directly related to Medicare. It’s more of a general Medicaid issue that has to do with who will be covered.

  • Some of the other recent changes to health care laws do affect Medicare coverage: the prescription drug coverage gap, preventive services (such as the annual wellness visit) and how doctors and hospitals are rated on quality.

For a deeper dive into some recent changes to Medicare, see “What’s New in 2013” at Medicare.gov.

Medicare and the Fall 2012 Elections

The November elections are also driving a lot of Medicare media coverage this fall. Some of the topics include how to lower Medicare expenses, how to fund the program, what Medicare should cover and how its benefits should be delivered.

The Bottom Line: Keep Calm and Carry On

As you listen to what’s reported about Medicare in the news, you may want to keep this in mind:

Your Medicare coverage choices for 2013 aren’t affected by the June Supreme Court ruling. And they probably won’t be affected by anything that happens during the fall 2012 election season.

As you listen to the news, keep in touch with reliable sources on Medicare, like Medicare Made Clear. Continue to learn about your 2013 Medicare options and what will work the best for you or your loved one.

But wait—there’s more! Come back for the next installment of Countdown to OEP: Learning About 2013 Changes to Your Medicare Plan.

 

Read other posts in the OEP Countdown series:

 

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