This series lays out arguments against cutting health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare in an effort to reduce government spending.
For the past few months, the super committee has been working to find agreement about how to further reduce the deficit. The goal of the bipartisan 12-member committee was to develop a plan to cut the deficit by an additional $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion (on top of an already agreed to cut of $900 billion) over the next 10 years. The super committee was allowed to consider any methods of reducing the deficit, including cutting vital programs like Medicaid and Medicare.
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For Medicare beneficiaries, there was a host of good news from the federal government last week.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), premiums for prescription drug coverage will not rise in 2012, more seniors are now receiving preventive care thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and beneficiaries who have reached the doughnut hole are receiving a 50% discount on prescription drugs.
Explains what to tell people about how the Affordable Care Act will help them, depending on their age, employment status, and whether they have insurance.
Lays out the ways the Affordable Care Act will help seniors and people with disabilities who have Medicare by improving health care quality and making Medicare more financially secure.
Explains how the Affordable Care Act will improve coordination of care for patients with both Medicare and Medicaid ("dual eligibles");provides detailed guidance for advocates.
Q: I supported health care reform and was so elated when it passed, however...Now I hear of cuts in payments to doctors for Medicare. Many doctors refuse Medicare patients already, but with more cuts there will be no medical care for seniors. Supplement plans won't cover anything that Medicare doesn't cover, or doctors that don't take Medicare. Health insurance for seniors is a near impossibility. So does health care reform mean health care on the back of seniors?
Did you know that if you have Medicare, you are now entitled to many preventive screenings and yearly wellness visits with your doctor at no cost to you? That's right. Medicare beneficiaries can now get free screenings for conditions such as cancer and diabetes, as well as free annual check-ups, all thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
These preventive services are designed to ensure early diagnosis and treatment for many chronic conditions, which will improve the health of many Americans and also save money. It's a win-win situation for Medicare beneficiaries.
Health reform has failed to be the “Armageddon” that conservatives predicted, and not a single “death panel” has appeared. Since the passage of health reform, we’ve seen that not only have these predictions not come true, but things are looking better than ever for grandma and her friends.