June 28 , 2012– The National Senior Citizens Law Center and the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare have released a new analysis detailing the positive impact the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act will have on older Americans. Virtually every American family will be touched by today’s ruling but America’s elderly will feel the effects in these ways:
Seniors will continue to receive prescription drug savings through brand name and generic discounts
The Part D prescription drug coverage gap known as the ‘donut hole’ will continue to be phased out
Covered annual wellness visits for beneficiaries will continue to be provided in Medicare
Seniors will pay less for preventive services. Under the ACA, Medicare will fully cover screenings like mammograms, pap smears, bone mass measurements, depression screening, diabetes screening, HIV screening and obesity screenings
8 years has been added to Medicare’s solvency thanks to the Affordable Care Act
The future of an estimated 3.3 million uninsured young seniors, ages 50-64, who would have received health coverage under Medicaid and many of the 16 million older adults and individuals with disabilities who rely on Medicaid for long-term services and supports, is less certain with this ruling as the Court has limited the government’s ability to penalize states who do not participate in the expansion of Medicaid.
“Health care reform is vital for the economic health of our nation and the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Today’s decision helps move our nation forward while also protecting America’s elderly, poor, sick, and uninsured by preserving billions of dollars in benefits and countless provisions to cut waste, fraud and abuse that extend these programs’ solvency.” Max Richtman, NCPSSM President/CEO
“The Supreme Court’s decision is the most important safety net related decision since the Social Security Act was upheld by the Court in 1937. It validates Congress’ clear intent to improve seniors’ health and well-being and uphold all of the provisions important to all older adults.” Paul Nathanson, National Senior Citizens Law Center Executive Director
A more complete analysis of this decision’s impact on older adults is posted on the National Committee’s website here.
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The National Senior Citizens Law Center is a non-profit organization whose principal mission is to protect the rights of low-income older adults. Through advocacy, litigation, and the education and counseling of local advocates, we seek to ensure the health and economic security of those with limited income and resources, and access to the courts for all.
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