Seniors and Obamacare
I am proud of the improvements that the Affordable Care Act – Obamacare – makes for seniors. Under the law, seniors will get new benefits: free preventive services like cancer and diabetes screenings, a new annual wellness exam, and medical therapy to prevent dangerous drug interactions. Obamacare lowers drug costs and eliminates excess payments to private Medicare Advantage plans that drive up Part B costs to everyone. It improves quality and provides more access to doctors and other health care providers.
I am pleased that many of my proposals to protect seniors were included in Obamacare, including new Elder Justice grants to prevent elder abuse, criminal background checks for long-term care workers, and mandatory training to stop patient abuse and improve care of patients living with dementia.