Affordable Care ACT (Obama Care) & Senior Citizens
HealthCare.gov, a federal government website managed by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services list The Top Five Things Senior citizens need to know about the Affordable Care Act or “ObamaCare” as it is called. All Medicare beneficiaries should be aware that there are discussions and negotiations concerning the so called “Fiscal Cliff” that may have some effect on Medicare. So, you should keep abreast of the news and check with AARP and other agencies both local and state that deal with Medicare issues as well as HealthCare.gov.


Top Things to Know for Seniors
  • Under the health care law, your existing guaranteed Medicare-covered benefits won’t be reduced or taken away. Neither will your ability to choose your own doctor.

  • Nearly 4 million people with Medicare received cost relief during the law's first year. If you had Medicare prescription drug coverage and had to pay for your drugs in the coverage gap known as the "donut hole," you received a one-time, tax free $250 rebate from Medicare to help pay for your prescriptions.

  • If you have high prescription drug costs that put you in the donut hole, you now get a 50% discount on covered brand-name drugs while you’re in the donut hole.

  • Between today and 2020, you’ll get continuous Medicare coverage for your prescription drugs. The donut hole will be closed completely by 2020.
  • Medicare covers certain preventive services without charging you the Part B coinsurance or deductible. You will also be offered a free annual wellness exam.

  • The life of the Medicare Trust Fund will be extended as a result of reducing waste, fraud and abuse, and slowing cost growth in Medicare, which will provide you with future cost savings on your premiums and coinsurance.


For further explanation of this information and more information on your rights under the Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare as it has been called, go to HealthCare.gov.
 

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