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Center advises seniors not to worry about Medicare status under Obamacare

By Public News Service

HELENA, Mont. — Seniors need not be worried about the Affordable Care Act’s impact on their Medicare status, according to a new report from the Center for Rural Affairs that looks at the health care reform law through the eyes of the 65-plus set.

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Jon Bailey, director of rural research and analysis at the center, said when the center held education sessions on the law in Montana, there was a large group of seniors at every session. The center is located in Lyons, Neb.

“Almost invariably, the very first question we would get from someone that age would be, ‘How does this affect my Medicare? Does this mean I have to get more insurance?’ ” he said. “And the answer is clearly, ‘No.’ ”

Bailey said rural area demographics tend to be older, which helps to explain the high level of concern, plus with all the attention — most of it negative lately about the government’s insurance website — seniors rightly have questions.

Early on, there were warnings that Medicare Advantage plans might be affected by the ACA.

Bailey said there was a small reduction in the number of plans, but plans are still available and enrollment is increasing.