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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Affordable Care Act: Improving Health Care for Older Women & Strengthening Medicare
Wisconsin women are winning with the Affordable Care Act (ACA)!The
health care law is making it easier for women to get services we need
to stay healthy at all stages of life. By making the Medicare program
stronger and better, the ACA is helping older women deal with the
barriers to quality, affordable care that they are more likely to face
just because we are women.
women often need more health care than older men do because they live
longer and are more likely to suffer from chronic conditions like
arthritis and osteoporosis. Older women also have lower Social Security
and pension benefits than men do, on average, so we have been spending
more of their income on out-of-pocket health care expenses. The health
care law is helping to change that with its emphasis on making primary
and preventive care more affordable. In 2011, nearly 24.7 million women
with Medicare got preventive health care without financial barriers.
Thanks to the ACA, Medicare is already covering preventive services without co-pays:
An annual wellness exam for you and your doctor can create a personalized prevention plan to help you stay healthy
For women 65 and older - Important Ways That the ACA is Making Medicare Stronger & Better:
Making prescription drugs more affordable with 50% discounts on brand name drugs if your expenses are so high that you fall into the non-reimbursed "donut hole."
Improving access to primary care
for older women, thanks to new bonus payments that give primary care
providers a greater financial incentive to see Medicare patients.
Streaming Medicare enrollment,
making it easier to get the full range of benefits you are entitled to
and giving you the time you need to consider your choices.
Reducing bureaucratic hurdles that
make it hard for low-income seniors who are enrolled in both Medicare
and Medicaid to get the benefits they're to which they are entitled.
Rewarding Medicare providers who meet measurable goals for improving the quality of care so older women will be less likely to experience preventable health problems.
Making more affordable prescription plans
available for senior women living on low, fixed incomes including $0
premiums for women with the most limited financial resources.
Improving access to affordable home- and community-based services
so women on Medicare are not forced into nursing homes or other
institutions if they can safely stay in their homes with support from
qualified home health programs.
Making sure the Medicare program is financially sound so that it will be there for the women who rely on it.
The Affordable Care Act is helping all Wisconsin women get AFFORDABLE PREVENTIVE health care! Download a copy of our fact sheet here.