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Medicare Open-Enrollment Begins: Seniors Should Carefully Consider New Options

Officials are cautioning seniors to stay away from the health law's new online marketplaces -- as open-enrollment season begins for Medicare managed care and prescription plans.

Kaiser Health News: Seniors Cautioned To Pay Close Attention To Details As Enrollment Begins In Medicare Plans
The seven-week enrollment period for next year's Medicare prescription drug and managed-care plans begins Tuesday, but seniors shouldn't simply renew their policies and assume the current coverage will stay the same. ... Among the top ten most popular drug policies, monthly premiums for 2014 are changing dramatically (Jaffe, 10/15).

The New York Times: Beneficiaries of Medicare Left Confused By Exchanges
In fact, people with Medicare generally cannot buy insurance through the exchange. Policies sold there duplicate many benefits provided by Medicare, and it is illegal for insurance companies, agents and brokers to sell such polices to people known to have Medicare, federal officials said Monday (Pear, 10/14).

Related, earlier KHN story: FAQ: Seniors On Medicare Don’t Need To Apply To The Health Law Marketplaces (Carey, 9/23)

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