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Oct. 2, 2013

Learn what the Marketplace means for older adults

healthy seniorsOpen enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace is now underway (Oct. 1, 2013 - Mar. 31, 2014), with coverage starting as soon as Jan. 1, 2014. Many of your clients may be wondering what the Marketplace means for them and their Medicare. Check out our new fact sheets that offer quick bullet points on what your clients need to know. One is geared toward people aged 65+, the other for people ages 55-64.
Download Medicare and the Marketplace | Learn what Medicare means for people ages 55-64 | Get CMS’s Marketplace fact sheet

MIPPA monies awarded to states

Last week, state aging organizations received over $18 million to continue to conduct outreach and enrollment into benefits for low-income people with Medicare. The funding, a continuation of past Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act (MIPPA) awards, was allocated earlier this year under the American Taxpayer Relief Act. The National Center for Benefits Outreach & Enrollment received additional funding to continue to serve as the technical resource center for MIPPA grantees. Stay tuned for a breakdown of state funding allocations.
See past MIPPA successes

Open Enrollment outreach materials now available

Open enrollment posterOnce again, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has created an online repository of outreach materials for you to use during Medicare Open Enrollment (Oct. 15-Dec. 7). Materials include drop-in articles for newsletters, posters, flyers, radio announcements, and more—with several items available in multiple languages.
Explore the OEP resources

More high quality Medicare Advantage plans available in 2014

CMS has announced that Medicare Advantage plans continue to improve in quality ratings, with over one-third earning four or five stars in 2014 (up from 28% in 2013). In addition, the average premium for a Medicare Advantage plan will increase by only $1.64, coming to $32.60.
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