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Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of Illinois

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The Affordable Care Act: Seniors

The Affordable Care Act: Seniors

 
  • The Affordable Care Act doesn't require seniors to do anything through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace. Medicare beneficiaries will continue to use medicare.gov or 1-800-Medicare for Medicare Part D open enrollment from October 15 through December 7 and any other Medicare questions or concerns.
  • Reduces prescription drug costs for seniors. Since the health care law was enacted, more than 6.6 million seniors in the Medicare Part D 'donut hole' coverage gap have saved over $7 billion on prescription drugs. The Affordable Care Act completely closes the donut hole by 2020 and it's estimated that seniors will save an average of over $18,000 on their prescription drugs.
  • Provides free Medicare coverage of key preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies. Over 16.5 million beneficiaries took advantage of at least one free preventive services in first 6 months of 2013.
  • Created a free Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare.
  • Strengthens Medicare and extends the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund by 8 years. The Affordable Care Act reforms strengthen solvency by removing waste out from the system and making it more efficient.
  • Provides new tools and enhanced authority to crack down on fraud in Medicare, and a joint anti-Medicare fraud task force of HHS and the Department of Justice has recovered nearly $15 billion in fraudulent Medicare payments on behalf of taxpayers, doubling the amount recovered over four years.
  • 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 individuals with disabilities through Medicaid rather than institutional care.
 
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