Medicare and the Affordable Care Act

Questions about Medicare and the Affordable care Act? Here is what beneficiaries need to know.

Government officials have been working to ease concerns about the affects of the Affordable Care Act on Medicare by showing how changes in the law will actually strengthen it.

The Austin Diagnostic Clinic hosted a free public seminar in March to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and Medicare and invited Norma Almanza, with the Texas Department of Insurance, to speak and answer questions.

Almanza focused on the changes Medicare beneficiaries are seeing in 2013.

She urged all Medicare recipients to read the information booklet they receive every year closely in order to keep up with changes to benefits.

Existing benefits will not be changed or taken away under the Affordable Care Act. Patients can also still choose their own doctor.

But beneficiaries will see some changes.

Some preventative care services will not be charged a deductible or the Part B co-insurances.

Those services include

  • Diabetes screenings
  • Mammograms
  • Prostate cancer screenings
  • Nutrition counseling

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Medicare recipients also have a free annual wellness exam.

In addition, ff you are in the so-called “donut hole” coverage gap, covered brand name medications will be discounted 50 percent.

The Affordable Care Act intends to close the “donut hole” completely by 2020, according to Medicare.gov.

Watch the video above to see Alamaza’s talk and hear her answers to some of the attendees’ questions.