Medicare & the Affordable Care Act
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Medicare & the Affordable Care Act


The Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 (also referred to as health care reform) included a number of provisions that affect people with Medicare, as well as those aging into Medicare.

One of ACA's provisions was the expansion of preventive services to people with Medicare, and the inclusion of a new Annual Wellness Visit covered by Part B. Download a chart of preventive services offered to people with Medicare.

Tools for aging network professionals

In addition, ACA expanded health coverage to all Americans through the creation of federal and state Marketplaces where individuals and small business can purchase insurance. These Marketplaces are designed for individuals who do not have Medicare, yet many people may have questions about how they work for older adults, and how those enrolled in Marketplace plans can effectively transition to Medicare when they first become eligible. Get information on this in our two fact sheets:

Looking for consumer friendly materials explaining health reform? Visit our Straight Talk for Seniors web page. Also download these flyers developed by the Medicare Rights Center and NCOA:

Frequently Asked Questions about Medicare and the Marketplace

On Aug. 1, 2104, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an updated FAQ regarding how Medicare interacts with Marketplace coverage. Access the FAQ.

Contacting your state Marketplace

You can get in touch with your state's Marketplace in two ways:

  • Visit (the official Marketplace website) and select your state from the menu, or
  • Contact the Marketplace call center, available 24/7, directly at 1-800-318-2596.


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