What is a retiree health exchange?


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A retiree health exchange is a private health insurance marketplace designed only for retired people. The marketplaces offer a variety of plan options with varying premium costs under Medicare.

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Retiree health exchanges offer an alternative option for employers who provide retirees with group health insurance benefits. The options usually include Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare supplement plans and Part D coverage for prescription drugs, with costs subsidized by the former employer. Participants have many more choices than they do on employer group plans, allowing a balance of price and coverage. Retirees get help choosing the best option within the exchange from professionals who assess needs.

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