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Straight talk on health care reform: Seniors, don't let noise over ACA distract you from Medicare enrollment

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: October 18, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

If you are an American over 65, you may have questions about the new health care law and what it means for you and what you need to do. The short answer is that very little changes and most seniors will not have to do anything.

Some meaningful changes have already occurred, such as the shrinking of the prescription drug "donut hole," but most of the major reforms in the Affordable Care Act, such as the new health insurance marketplaces and penalties for not having coverage, simply do not affect seniors.

Seniors and the Affordable Care Act

Type: Commentary & Letters
Published Date: September 1, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Health policy analyst Bob Semro wrote an article on "Seniors and the Affordable Care Act" for CSA Journal, the official publication of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors (Summer 2013).

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CSA Seniors ACA

 

Straight talk on health care reform: Website, online report offer good, solid information on ACA for Coloradans

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: August 1, 2013
Author: Watt, Joe

A new website report shows how the Affordable Care Act is helping Coloradans and how the law will help even more families and small businesses in the coming months.

The report, How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of Colorado, is from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The report is part of the agency's Health Insurance Marketplace website.

Straight talk on health care reform: Happy birthday, Affordable Care Act! You've been good for Colorado

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: March 22, 2013
Author: Semro, Bob

Saturday is the third anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act. In that time, the law has survived legal challenges that went all of the way to the U.S. Supreme Court as well as opposition during the 2012 elections. Most of the Affordable Care Act will be implemented by the end of 2014.

Straight talk on health care reform: Latest Medicare data shows more seniors benefit from health reforms

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: May 24, 2012
Author: Semro, BobWatt, Joe

A recent poll shows that a slim majority of Americans oppose the Affordable Care Act in general, but other surveys show that support grows dramatically when people learn about specific provisions of the law.

Opinions may not change overnight, but the fact is, more and more seniors are benefiting from the law. Figures released today show that thousands of seniors and disabled Americans are improving their health thanks to expanded preventive care services and saving money on prescription drug prices because of a shrinking "donut hole."

Straight talk on health care reform: Notable numbers on second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: March 23, 2012
Author: Watt, Joe

Two years ago today, President Obama signed legislation that created the Affordable Care Act. In recognition of the anniversary, here are some facts about heath reform, courtesy of Families USA.

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act:

Straight talk on health care reform: Affordable Care Act saving seniors money, closing 'donut hole'

Type: Email Communications
Published Date: February 8, 2012
Author: Jones, RichSemro, BobWatt, Joe

Prescription drugs are a big part of the monthly budget for many seniors on Medicare, and provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are working to lower those costs.

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