New York makes steps toward 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 http://www.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.

Barclay's office can be reached by mail at 200 North Second Street, Fulton, NY 13069, by e-mail at barclaw@assembly.state.ny.us or by calling 598-5185.

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