ACA-5In mid-November, Senator Bertino-Tarrant hosted an ACA seminar for residents of the Carillon retirement community.  Nearly 30 residents attended the event and were able to ask questions about the Affordable Care Act and the progress being made with implementation. Information was presented by AARP representative Courtney Hedderman and was specific to the needs and concerns of the retirement community.

“While ACA is most known for the coverage it will provide those currently working, there are benefits for retirees and Medicare recipients as well,” Bertino-Tarrant explained.  “Having AARP explain those benefits to seniors provided useful information to a population of people that have often been overlooked during the course of these informational seminars.”

ACA will positively affect Medicare recipients by covering several additional preventive services, such as annual wellness visits, immunizations, diet counseling, and screenings for cancer, cholesterol and diabetes. It will also begin to close the Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage gap, which had many seniors paying high out-of-pocket costs for their medications. It also adds resources to help catch people who commit Medicare fraud.

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