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The annual Medicare fall open enrollment period, also known as the annual election period, is a time when people with Medicare can choose or alter their Medicare coverage. It runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 of each year.

Finding the right Medicare plan to fit your needs, reviewing deductibles and understanding the prescription drug coverage gap, or “donut hole,” can be confusing when you don’t know where to look for information.

According to Paula Muschler, operations manager for Allsup, a private company that advises Medicare beneficiaries on their coverage options, the Affordable Care Act launched in 2014 has created confusion for enrollees. Medicare beneficiaries, she says, often ask about Obamacare (another name for the Affordable Care Act) and want to know: “How does this affect me?”

Full story at US News

Today, we honor the remarkable life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy of fighting for racial equality, human rights and economic justice. Dr. King believed deeply that people of every race, religion and creed should have the opportunity to share in the American dream. His courageous leadership on civil rights included a passionate advocacy on behalf of the poor. Dr. King memorably described inequality in health care as the “most shocking and inhumane” form of injustice. These words continue to resonate, as there is nothing more essential to opportunity than good health.

A child who can’t focus in school because of untreated asthma or a painful cavity is denied the opportunity to learn and realize his or her full potential.

A parent who is unable to work because of untreated high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease is denied the opportunity to provide for his or her family.

Full story of observing Martin Luther King Jr. day at hhs.gov

By now, most Americans realize the Affordable Care Act requires everyone, except those who live in states where there isn’t enough Medicaid funding to assist those who can’t afford to buy insurance.  (That includes Texas and nearly two dozen other states.)

But where does that leave seniors – those who are 65 years of age or older?  It’s not a question that’s gotten a lot of attention, but it is certainly being asked.

Jon Bailey, a researcher with the Center for Rural Affairs, decided to address the question because, as he points out, rural America is home to a multitude of senior citizens.  Read his study here: ACA-and-Seniors

“The Affordable Care Act, requires January First, 2014, that every American citizen has some form of health insurance.  But ff you’re a senior citizen and you’re enrolled in Medicare, you’ve met your obligation.”

Full story of the ACA and its boost for seniors at Houston News 92FM