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How Medicare is Affected by the Overturn of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

The Supreme Court recently ruled that some parts of DOMA violate the Constitution and are therefore not legal. If you were legally married in a state that allows same sex marriage and you live in a state that recognizes your marriage, the federal government recognizes your marriage, This means there will be changes to Medicare and Social Security rules for same-sex spouses. How these rules will work depends on how Medicare and Social Security understand the Court’s ruling. Parts of your Social Security and/or Medicare may change.Learn More on MI

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