It has only been two years since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, but millions of Americans are already seeing lower costs and better coverage. Special attention has been paid to improve the lives and health care coverage of Seniors and those on Medicare.
The following are just some of the improvements that have been made, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
Reduces prescription drug costs for seniors. More than 5.2 million seniors in the Medicare Part D "donut hole' coverage gap have already saved $3.9 billion on prescription drugs because of the new health care law, with an average savings of $600 per senior. The health care law also completely closes the "donut hole' by 2020.
Provides free Medicare coverage of key preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies.
Provides a free Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare. In 2011, 2.3 million seniors had a free visit, and so far in 2012, 1.1 million seniors have done so.
Helps seniors remain at home and stay out of nursing homes, with the new Community First Choice Option, allowing states to offer home-based services to disabled individuals through Medicaid rather than institutional care.
Provides nursing home residents with more protections from abuse and makes more information available about nursing homes so seniors are better informed.
These are just some of the reforms that will benefit our nation's seniors. Please know that I will continue to fight to protect Medicare and ensure all seniors have access to quality health care coverage. Should you have any questions about this or any other issue, don't hesitate to contact me.
Member of Congress