Affordable Care Act information

Information about the Affordable Care Act is not available from Social Security employees.

Affordable Care Act information is at the www.healthcare.gov website, introduced last June by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius and updated with new information since then.

The following information is from the www.healthcare.gov website. That website provides more details about each topic.

 Q: What if I have Medicare? 

A: “Medicare isn’t part of the Health Insurance Marketplace, so you don’t need to do anything. If you have Medicare, you are considered covered.

The Marketplace won’t affect your Medicare choices, and your benefits won’t be changing. No matter how you get Medicare, whether through Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan, you’ll still have the same benefits and security you have now. You won’t have to make any changes.”

Q: What if I have job-based insurance?

A: ”If you have job-based health insurance you like, you can keep it. You’re considered covered. You may be able to change to Marketplace coverage if you want to.

Any job-based health plan you currently have qualifies as minimum essential coverage. You don’t need to change to a Marketplace plan in order to avoid the fee that uninsured people may have to pay for 2014. If you’d like to explore Marketplace coverage options you can, but there are several important things to consider.”

Links connecting to https://www.healthcare.gov/ are on the HHS site as well as on the HHS/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Social Security websites.  The CMS homepage, http://www.cms.gov/, has additional Affordable Care Act information.

Social Security employees cannot answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.

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