The Affordable Health Care Act Offers Changes for Seniors with MedicareBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 14 Dec 2010 07:50am |
The New Federal Healthcare law could save Mississippi Seniors thousands of dollars on doctors visits and prescription drug costs. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports on the Affordable Care Act.
Just meeting the bare necessities of life can sometimes be overwhelming for 70 year old Pearlie Parker of Jackson.
"You got you light bill, you got your gas bill, you got your water bill, you got your insurance on your house."
Parker says when she factors in the high cost of hospital stays and prescription medications even with her current Medicare plan, things can still become even more unbearable.
"One year I went in the donut hole and I ended up paying for medicines. One of my medicines cost $245 because I'm on one of these here pumps for asthma. And if you go in the donut hole and you got to pay for this, that's a lot of money coming outta your pocket and you not working.”
Through December 31st, Parker and more than 475 thousand other Medicare recipients in Mississippi will have the opportunity to continue with their current Medicare plan or change to one of dozens of other plans. US Health and Human Services Regional Director Anton Gunn told a group of seniors in Jackson yesterday that under the Affordable Care Act, which is part of the new health care law, Seniors will have even greater coverage in preventive care.
"Many seniors will be getting a prescription drug rebate of $250 rebate if they're in the middle of the donut hole. Also they can get an annual wellness check up every single year. They can also get screenings for cancer to make sure that they stay healthy so we can do the best part of healthcare which is to make sure we prevent problems from happening before they start."
Betty Burgess is Director of the Areas agency on aging. She says while there are many assets to the affordable care act there could also be a downside.
"If that happens then perhaps that may be a problem for the doctors who may decide not to participate in the Medicare program."
To learn more about the Affordable Care Act of 2010 visit HealthCare.gov. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.
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