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In this image made available by AARP shows Wallace Cunningham, left, AARP South Carolina Associate State Director for Multicultural Outreach presenting a workshop on the Affordable Health Care Act on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Bishopville, S.C. Federal Health Officials are assuring medicare recipients that their benefits will not change when the Affordable Care Act starts. Many are confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/AARP)
In this image made available by AARP shows Wallace Cunningham, left, AARP South Carolina Associate State Director for Multicultural Outreach presenting a workshop on the Affordable Health Care Act on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Bishopville, S.C. Federal Health Officials are assuring medicare recipients that their benefits will not change when the Affordable Care Act starts. Many are confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/AARP)
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(AP) Dear seniors, your Medicare benefits aren't changing under the Affordable Care Act. That's the message federal health officials are trying to get out to elderly consumers confused by overlapping enrollment periods for Medicare and so-called "Obamacare."


Medicare beneficiaries don't have to do anything differently and will continue to go to Medicare.gov to sign up for plans. But advocates say many have been confused by a massive media blitz directing consumers to new online insurance exchanges set up as part of the federal health law. Many of the same insurance companies are offering coverage for Medicare and the exchanges.


Medicare open enrollment starts Oct. 15 and closes Dec. 7, while enrollment for the new state exchanges for people 65 and under launches Oct. 1 and runs through March.


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