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For Many, New Health Law Will Offer a Bridge to Medicare

Posted on 09/12/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhen the virtual doors to the new Health Insurance Marketplace open next month, Americans in the 50-through-64 “pre-Medicare” age bracket may be the ones rushing in first. A story in the New York Times points out that, with the opening of the marketplace on Oct. 1, the Affordable Care Act may provide many older Americans with “a bridge to Medicare.” The story goes on to say: “While older people could pay up to three times as much as younger people buying …

The Health Care Law — Look Who’s Talking

Posted on 08/28/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThe public’s most trusted sources of information about the Affordable Care Act — Obamacare, as many Americans know it — aren’t necessarily the ones they’re most likely to be hearing from. This from the most recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, which also tells us that lots of Americans — 44 percent of those surveyed — are confused about the health care law, with 31 percent unsure whether it is the law, 8 percent thinking that it has been repealed and another …

If You Have Medicare, No Need to Go to Insurance Marketplaces

Posted on 08/26/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News. This story produced in collaboration with USA Today While the Obama administration is stepping up efforts encouraging uninsured Americans to enroll in health coverage from the new online insurance marketplaces, officials are planning a campaign to convince millions of seniors to please stay away – don’t call and don’t sign up. “We want to reassure Medicare beneficiaries that they are already covered, their benefits are not changing and the marketplace doesn’t require them to do …

Will You Get an Insurance Subsidy? How Much?

Posted on 08/15/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBy Julie Appleby, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News If you buy your own health insurance, you’ve no doubt heard that subsidies will be available next year to help pay the premiums. But will you get a subsidy and how much? A report from researchers at the Kaiser Family Foundation provides some insight. Based on their analysis, about 48 percent of adults currently purchasing coverage for themselves will be eligible for subsidies next year – and those subsidies will average $5,548 …

What’s Up With Medicare These Days?

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Personal HealthLet’s face it, even though Medicare provides health coverage for 49 million Americans, the program itself isn’t all that easy to understand. That’s why AARP Illinois State President Merri Dee and AARP Illinois staff member and Medicare expert Courtney Hedderman got together this week for a question-and-answer session with about 1,500 of our members through a tele-town hall. Here are some of the questions asked during the call and the answers. Q: I’ve heard that the new health care law …

The Costs of Not Expanding Medicaid

Posted on 07/24/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsI generally don’t like to tell people that I majored in economics in college, because — the painful truth be told — there’s not a lot that I actually remember about “the dismal science.” One of the few things I do remember, however, is the concept of “opportunity cost.” That’s the name economists give to the cost of not doing something. Which brings us, in today’s lesson, to Medicaid, the government-sponsored health insurance program for certain groups of low-income Americans. …