New York makes steps toward implementing Obamacare

Medicare Part D Donut Hole Rebate Checks

Starting in mid-June, a tax free, one-time $250 rebate check was sent to Medicare Part D enrollees who reached the coverage gap (or donut hole) in 2010 and are not receiving Medicare Extra Help. No forms are necessary. More information is available at http://www.healthcarereform.ny.gov/summary.

Extended dependent coverage

As of September, children up to age 26 can stay on their parents' insurance. Additional information on dependent coverage extension is available at healthcarereform.ny.gov/summary as well.

No cost-sharing for preventative care

Health insurance plans are required to cover preventative services without applying copayments, co-insurance or deductibles to these services. The goal is to encourage preventative care to reduce illness and health care costs.

Next week I will outline some of the changes people can expect to see through 2014.

If you have any questions or comments on this or any other state issue, or if you would like to be added to my mailing list or receive my newsletter, please contact my office. My office can be reached by mail at 200 North Second Street, Fulton, New York 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling 598-5185.

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