Snap Fact #144
President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act Undoes Some Of The Disproportionate Burden Put On Seniors During The Bush Administration!
We have already visited 2 areas in the much maligned Affordable Health Care Act arena. Today we will learn what the Act does for seniors and Individuals with disabilities. Once you have finished reading this you will have the truth about the real benefits to older adults that the Affordable Health Care Act has put into the law. Among all of them, the last item on the list lays bare the lie of the heavily advertised Koch Brothers' myth that the Affordable Health Care Act will SHAVE $500 billion from the Medicare budget. Actually the Act will SAVE that amount by reducing fraud and unnecessary payments. No benefits will be reduced of eliminated.
ALREADY IN PLACE:
1. Improvements to Medicare
The Affordable Health Care Act has made numerous improvements to Medicare to benefit older adults and individuals with disabilities. The Act has already reduced the cost of Part D medications for many enrollees, and will completely eliminate the Part D coverage gap (also known as the "donut hole") by 2020. The Act has also established free annual wellness visits for Medicare enrollees - more than 32 million Medicare enrollees benefited from free preventive care in 2011.
2. Improved access to home- and community- based services
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) allow individuals to receive supports in their home setting so that they are not forced into nursing homes or other institutions. The Affordable Health Care Act expands access to HCBS services by providing states with new options to start more HCBS programs and apply for increased funding for HCBS services.