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Health Exchanges Will Help Some Retirees Bridge The Medicare Gap

The New York Times reports on how the health law may assist some retired people who do not yet qualify for Medicare obtain affordable health insurance. In addition, Kaiser Health News details how the health law does and does not intersect with Medicare.  

The New York Times: In New Health Law, A Bridge To Medicare
The sweeping federal health care law making its major public debut next month was meant for people like Juanita Stonebraker, 63, from Oakland, Md., who retired from her job in a hospital billing office a year and a half ago. She was able to continue her health insurance coverage from the hospital for a time, but when she tried to find an individual policy on her own, none of the insurers she contacted would cover her because she was diabetic (Abelson, 9/9).

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: How Will Obamacare Affect Your Medicare Benefits?
KHN's Mary Agnes Carey appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal Monday morning to take questions about how the health law will affect Medicare’s benefits (9/9).

Meanwhile, in other Medicare news, some small-town hospitals are concerned about how proposed reimbursement cuts could undermine their finances -

The Texas Tribune: Rural Hospitals Wary Of Proposed Medicare Cuts
Small-town hospitals are worried that a federal recommendation to cut costs by re-evaluating which rural hospitals receive higher Medicare reimbursements could threaten their financial security — and even prompt them to shut their doors (Aaronson, 9/10).

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