Medicare Publishes Info for Same-Sex Spouses

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  • April 24, 2014
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Information for same-sex spouses is now available on, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in early April.  The move follows a decision by the federal government to provide benefits to married same-sex couples based on the Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor.
CMS said the Social Security Administration (SSA) is now able to process requests for Medicare Parts A and B special enrollment periods and reductions in Part B and premium Part A late enrollment penalties for certain eligible people in same-sex marriages. Medicare provides a Q&A for same-sex married couples.
“Today’s announcement helps to clarify the effects of the Supreme Court’s decison and to ensure that all married couples are treated equally under the law,” said then U.S. Department of Health & Humans Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

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