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Is it true that the Affordable Care Act does not cover anyone past the age of 76 for cancer treatment?

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I was told that the ACA says Medicare will not cover cancer treatment if you are over 76 years of age.  Is that true?
asked Mar 13, 2014 in Health Insurance by anonymous
recategorized Mar 13, 2014 by DeniseC
   

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This is not true.  The Affordable Care Act does not set rules connecting a patient's age to his covered treatment.  The ACA relies upon private health insurance to cover people at their jobs, or at the new exchange/marketplace.  At the exchange, the rates charged to people can vary by age (within limits) but the covered services are identical for all customers in the same plan.

As a practical matter, the vast majority of 76-year-olds are covered by Medicare.  Medicare's covered services were not changed in any significant way by the Affordable Care Act.
answered Jun 17, 2014 by Linda Riddell

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