This week marks the one-year anniversary of the enactment of The Affordable Care Act. This law is already helping America's seniors by strengthening Medicare and through other needed health reforms. Congresswoman Berkley opposes efforts in Congress to repeal critical reforms needed to ensure that Nevadans have guaranteed access to affordable coverage.
"Seniors in Nevada and across the nation are enjoying better benefits, better medical coverage and increased assistance with the "donut hole' through The Affordable Care Act. Repealing these reforms would leave seniors facing higher costs for their medicines and reduced access to medical services, including the elimination of free preventive care which saves lives through early detection of cancer and other diseases," said Berkley. "This would affect more than 300,000 older Nevadans who can now receive free mammograms, colonoscopies and other preventative services as well as a free annual wellness visit with their doctor."
Berkley also warned that repealing the health reform law would end assistance for seniors facing the "donut hole" in their Medicare drug coverage.
"As a result of the health reform law, nearly 25,000 Nevadans who reached the 'donut hole' in their Medicare drug coverage received a one-time, tax-free $250 rebate check. These Nevadans will also save hundreds of dollars on their medicines as a result of the 50-percent discount on covered brand-name drugs that we included in The Affordable Care Act -- but not if these protections are repealed," said Berkley.
REPEALING HEALTH REFORM WILL:
* Re-open the donut hole, causing many seniors' drug costs to go up by thousands of dollars and forcing nearly four million seniors to mail back rebate checks that helped them afford prescription drugs
* Gut programs that fight fraud, waste, and abuse -- making it easier for criminals to bilk the Medicare program
* Eliminate free preventive care for seniors, which is now guaranteed with no cost sharing thanks to health reform
* Shorten the life of Medicare by 12 years -- reinstating overpayments to private insurers and reducing efficiencies in health care delivery
* Hike premiums for Medicare beneficiaries by $650 annually in 2019
* Repeal an early retiree health insurance program that is currently helping retirees maintain coverage through their former employers
* Stop creation of a new, reformed marketplace for individuals not yet eligible for Medicare -- leaving older individuals with high health care costs without affordable coverage options
* Eliminate the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan that is currently covering older individuals with pre-existing conditions who are not yet eligible for Medicare
* Reinstate arbitrary lifetime limits on coverage that end health care for many seniors with private insurance who have high health care costs