How States Can Simplify Transitions to Medicare Under the Affordable Care Act

Commonwealthfund.org: January 14, 2013

By Joe Baker and Doug Goggin-Callahan, Medicare Rights Center

As states implement key coverage expansion provisions of the Affordable Care Act—expanding eligibility for the Medicaid program and building the health insurance exchanges—they also need to develop plans to help ensure newly insured individuals transition seamlessly to Medicare when they turn 65 or become disabled.

According to the Medicare Rights Center’s new report, A Bridge to Health, people who become eligible for Medicare in states without a comprehensive transition plan could face gaps in coverage, avoidable out-of-pocket costs, duplicative insurance premiums, and/or penalties for late enrollment.

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