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Healthcare reform brings new benefits

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

    COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It's caused more than a few rumbles on Capitol Hill, President Obama's health care plan, signed into law last March, may not be the most popular, but lawmakers point to benefits in the plan.

    The law puts in place health insurance reforms that will roll out over four years most changes taking place by 2014.

       Starting this month, seniors who reach the coverage gap will receive a 50 percent discount when buying Medicare Part D covered brand-name prescription drugs, according to the U.S. Department of health and human services.

          Over the next decade, the elderly will receive additional savings on brand-name and generic drugs until the coverage gap is closed in 2020.

     This month Free Preventive Care for seniors kicks in. The law provides certain free preventive services, such as annual wellness visits and personalized prevention plans for seniors on Medicare.

     Another goal for this year is to bring down health care premiums. Insurance companies not meeting these goals because of high profits or administrative costs must provide rebates to consumers.

     Finally, improving care for seniors after they leave the hospital. The Community Care Transitions Program designed to prevent high-risk Medicare beneficiaries from being re-admitted to a hospital by finding patients proper care in their communities.

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