The Affordable Care Act's Impact on Medicare and Medicaid

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV)-- Every Wednesday WHSV will answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act in the 5 o'clock news.

This week's question: If I already qualify and receive Medicaid or Medicare, how does the Affordable Care Act affect me?

Medicaid is a health program for families with low income and resources, whereas Medicare serves a large population of elderly and disabled people.

"People who have Medicaid and Medicare already have what's referred to as 'minimal essential coverage' and they don't need to purchase any other insurance to avoid paying the fine for not having insurance," said Andy Bolt, a health care navigator.

People who are not enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid, and are qualified may visit to sign up. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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