Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois

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.

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