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How can I afford high healthcare costs even with Medicare?

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If your income is below a certain level, you may be eligible for one or more Medicare Savings plans in your state.

There are several types of savings programs. One helps pay premiums for Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance).

There are also savings plans to help pay deductibles, coinsurance, and copays.

SOURCES:

American Public Health Association: "Why do we need the Affordable Care Act?" and "Medicaid expansion."

HealthCare.gov, "Young adult coverage;" "Medicaid;" "Health savings account (HSA);" "Flexible spending account (FSA);" "Tax Credits in 2014;" "Co-insurance;" and "Co-payment."

U.S. Department of Labor: "Young adults and the Affordable Care Act: Protecting young adults and eliminating burdens on families and businesses."

Families USA: "The young person's guide to health insurance for graduating seniors."

Henry J. Kaiser Foundation: "Explaining health care reform: Questions about health insurance subsidies" and "The requirement to buy coverage under the Affordable Care Act beginning in 2014."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "2013 poverty guidelines" and "Health care law protects consumers against worst insurance practices."

Health Insurance 101: "Federal Subsides: Helping People Afford Health Care;" "Standardizing Health Plans;" and "What are high-deductible plans paired with a savings account?"

Caldwell, N. , Feb. 27, 2013; vol 8. PLoS One

Medicare.gov: "Medicare savings programs."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on November 08, 2018

SOURCES:

American Public Health Association: "Why do we need the Affordable Care Act?" and "Medicaid expansion."

HealthCare.gov, "Young adult coverage;" "Medicaid;" "Health savings account (HSA);" "Flexible spending account (FSA);" "Tax Credits in 2014;" "Co-insurance;" and "Co-payment."

U.S. Department of Labor: "Young adults and the Affordable Care Act: Protecting young adults and eliminating burdens on families and businesses."

Families USA: "The young person's guide to health insurance for graduating seniors."

Henry J. Kaiser Foundation: "Explaining health care reform: Questions about health insurance subsidies" and "The requirement to buy coverage under the Affordable Care Act beginning in 2014."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "2013 poverty guidelines" and "Health care law protects consumers against worst insurance practices."

Health Insurance 101: "Federal Subsides: Helping People Afford Health Care;" "Standardizing Health Plans;" and "What are high-deductible plans paired with a savings account?"

Caldwell, N. , Feb. 27, 2013; vol 8. PLoS One

Medicare.gov: "Medicare savings programs."

Reviewed by Sarah Goodell on November 08, 2018

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