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Government Shut Down Slows Flow Of Medicare Info

Wed, 16 Oct 2013 04:44:17 CDT

The open enrollment period for Medicare began yesterday, but because of the partial government shutdown, signing up could be a little more challenging. Even though Medicare-dot-gov is online despite the shutdown, the website warns users that information posted may not be up to date. Linda Tauber-Olson is with the Presence Covenant Center for Healthy Living in Champaign, and she's helping people sign up for coverage. She advises them not to go to Medicare-dot-gov to enroll since updated information isn't flowing from insurance companies to the website:

"You can contact the insurance company directly if you want to make sure the information is accurate, and they're still help available. We're still going to get people enrolled. It's just going to be a little different, and I would encourage people not to use the Medicare.gov website to enroll at this time."

Medicare's open enrollment period lasts until December 7, which Tauber-Olson says is plenty of time to sign up. The health care advocacy group, Champaign County Health Care Consumers reminds people that Medicare is separate from the Affordable Care Act, which focuses more on those with little or no insurance.

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