Administration says reforms have helped seniors

The Obama administration pointed to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its implications for seniors Friday as part of Older Americans Month.

“The Obama administration is dedicated to improving the lives of older Americans and their family members, and the Affordable Care Act is helping us do even more to help seniors take charge of their health,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said. “Thanks to the health care law, older adults who reach the ‘donut hole’ Medicare coverage gap for prescription drugs can now get substantial discounts for covered prescription drugs.”

Previously, the administration said the law has saved Medicare patients $5.1 billion on prescription drugs.

Sebelius also pointed to the law’s preventive services, which include items such as mammograms, diabetes screening, and an annual wellness visit, available with no cost-sharing for seniors with Medicare.

Additionally, Sebelius said “the health care law strengthens Medicare by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse, and slowing the growth of costs in Medicare.”

Recently, however, some top Democrats expressed their concerns over PPACA’s ongoing implementation, as well as the fact that premiums might increase because of the law.

May is the 50th anniversary of Older Americans Month.

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