August 9, 2011

Thank you health reform: How Seniors benefit in 2012

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

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.

April 16, 2013

Restoring Drug Rebates in Medicare Would Save $141 Billion

Shannon Attanasio

Senior Director of Government Affairs

Today, members of Congress in both the House and the Senate introduced the Medicare Drug Savings Act of 2013, which would restore drug rebates for low-income people with Medicare. President Obama included a similar proposal in his budget last week, and for good reason. Getting Medicare a better price on prescription drugs would save the federal government more than $140 billion without shifting costs to low- and middle-income seniors.

May 27, 2011

Seniors Breathing a Sigh of Relief

Eileen Falk

Staff Writer

Hundreds of thousands of older Americans breathed a sigh of relief this year, and millions more will in the next few years. The “doughnut hole,” a gap in Medicare coverage of prescription drugs, has caused so many older Americans pain. But now, it is finally closing, thanks to health reform and the Affordable Care Act.

March 17, 2011

Health Care and You

Rachel Bates

Staff Writer

A new website offers a clickable interactive map with statistics about how the Affordable Care Act has and will affect the residents each state. The site,, is sponsored by national health care organizations such as AARP, American Cancer Society, and the American Medical Association. You can learn things about your state or click on a friend’s to see what’s happening there.

February 11, 2013

Medicare is Good Care

Kate Blocher

Staff Writer

My grandmother likes to complain—her feet hurt, she doesn’t understand the internet, kids these days. But the one thing she never complains about? Medicare.

March 7, 2011

Florida judge says implementation can go forward

Erin Kelly

Staff Writer

Last week, Federal Judge Roger Vinson, who ruled in January that the entire Affordable Care Act was unconstitutional, issued a stay of his own ruling. You might be wondering, what exactly does this mean?

In short, it means that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at both the state and the federal level can move forward.

December 18, 2012

Closing the Medicare Part D Doughnut Hole: The End Is in Sight!

Ron Pollack

Executive Director

The meaning of the 2012 election results will probably be debated for months, if not years. But a few things are clear. Nearly everyone agrees that President Obama's reelection means that the Affordable Care Act - the 2010 health care law sometimes called Obamacare - will stay in place. And for people with Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage, especially those who use a lot of prescription drugs, that's good news.

December 20, 2010

Expert Q&A: What's the deal with the doughnut hole?

Michealle Gady

Staff Writer

Many of you have sent in questions about how the new health care law will affect you and your family. We’ve compiled answers for select questions to our experts in a short series to help you navigate changes to the health care system. Here's the latest:     

Question: What is the future for the doughnut hole for medication for people on Medicare?

December 5, 2012

Budget Diagnosis, Part 5: People with disabilities have much at stake

This is the fifth in Budget Diagnosis, a series on the coming major decisions in Congress that could affect your health care. This series explains, simply, what advocates need to know, features special guests writing about different groups and populations that will be especially vulnerable, and provides you with updates from D.C. This post is a guest blog by David Heymsfeld from the American Association of People with Disabilities. Check out our first four posts here.


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