Affordable Care Act Repeal and Medicare!!
If the Affordable Care Act (Obama Care) (ACA) is repealed Seniors and people with disabilities will
pay more in Medicare costs. The ACA helped people with Medicare by closing the Medicare “donut hole” and providing free preventative services. One in four Medicare Part D enrollees has high enough prescription drug spending to fall into the Medicare “donut hole”. This means that 9 million seniors and people with disabilities would face much higher prescription costs. Since 2010, Medicare enrollees have saved $2,272 per person on prescription drugs. Seniors and other beneficiaries would also see costs for
Medicare preventative services that are free under the Affordable Care Act.
Does Medicare cover fitness programs?
While Original Medicare does not cover gym memberships or fitness programs, some Medicare Advantage (HMO or PPO) plans and Medicare Supplement Insurance (Medigap) plans do. Many offer a Fitness Benefit that can save you up to $150 per calendar year in qualified health club membership fees and exercise classes. Some plans offer the Silver Sneakers program. Fitness classes available at senior centers may also be eligible for reimbursement.
Contact your plan to get information about what fitness benefits it offers. Make sure you don’t miss the deadline for getting reimbursed for fitness expenses you paid in 2016!
“SHINE’S MEDICARE AND MORE” PROGRAM
The Central MASS SHINE Program is now sponsoring a monthly Cable TV program called SHINE’s MEDICARE AND MORE”, we hope your local cable channel will pick it up. This program is designed to educate and update MEDICARE beneficiaries and their families on MEDICARE and other programs that can assist you with your health insurance needs. If you don’t see it on your local cable channel give them call and ask about it.
CENTRAL MASS SHINE WEBSITE
The Central Mass Region has recently launched its website. You can visit us on the web at www.shinema.org. Our site has valuable general information and links to other agencies that can assist you with you insurance needs.
Trained SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Everyone) volunteers can help you! They offer free, unbiased, confidential counseling on all aspects of health insurance to anyone on Medicare. Call your senior center and ask for a SHINE appointment. You can also call 1-800-AGE-INFO (1-800-243-4636), then press or say 3. Once you get the SHINE answering machine, leave your name and number. A volunteer will call you back. You can now visit us on the internet at www.shinema.org.