Monday, July 28th, 2014

Affordable Care Act Report Finds Benefits For Senior Citizens

With the rough roll-out of the healthcare marketplaces, some senior citizens are raising concerns about the Affordable Care Act. But a new report finds that for them, it has led to more benefits – without more obligations. Author Jon Bailey with the Center for Rural Affairs says most of the provisions that directly affect seniors have been in effect since 2010, and they center around enhanced benefits in terms of preventive care and treatment.
 
Bailey says these added benefits are especially important in rural areas, where the population is older and residents generally receive fewer medical screenings and preventive care procedures. More than 800,000 Arizonans are covered by Medicare.

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