Here are five ways ObamaCare strengthens Medicare:
1. SHRINKING DOUGHNUT HOLE
When seniors fall into the “doughnut hole,” they get a 50% discount on their prescription drugs. More than 5 million people already saved an average of $600 last year—and, come 2020, the doughnut hole will be closed for good.
2. SENIOR WELLNESS VISITS
For the first time, Medicare now covers an annual wellness visit so seniors have the chance to sit down with their doctor and make a plan to stay healthy, not wait until they’re sick to see the doctor.
3. PREVENTATIVE CARE
Seniors now get free preventive care—like mammograms, colon cancer screenings, and flu shots. Last year, 33 million people with Medicare got a free service.
4. DOCTOR SHORTAGE HELPED
Primary care providers across the country and surgeons that practice in areas that have a shortage of doctors now get bonus payments from Medicare, which helps make sure that everyone can get the care they need.
5. MEDICARE SOLVENT LONGER
The Affordable Care Act added 8 years to solvency of Medicare by cracking down on waste, fraud, and needless subsidies to insurance companies.