New benefits of the health care law are taking effect January 1, 2011, for many working families and seniors.
New benefits for working families, including:
- Extending insurance coverage to children and dependents up to age 26.
- Ending lifetime caps on the amount insurance companies will cover.
- Preventing insurance companies from dropping coverage if an individual suddenly gets sick or seriously ill.
- Making sure no child under age 19 is denied care due to a pre-existing condition.
- And many Americans will receive free checkups thanks to the law’s emphasis on keeping people healthy first.
New benefits for seniors:
The new health care law continues to strengthen Medicare, fight waste, fraud and abuse in the Medicare program, and improve benefits for seniors.
As of January 1, 2011, the following new Medicare benefits will take effect:
- Free Medical Checkups: No co-pays for yearly medical checkups.
- Free Preventive Screenings: No more cost-sharing for recommended Medicare-covered preventive services, such as mammograms, bone mass measurements and colorectal cancer screenings.
- Discounts on brand-name and generic drugs: Seniors whose drug costs put them in the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” will receive a 50 percent discount on the price of their brand-name drugs and a 7 percent government subsidy toward the cost of generic drugs.
Questions about health care and the new law?
Check out the new SEIU blog called “House Calls” with Dr. L. Toni Lewis.
This animated video from Kaiser Family Foundation explains the changes that are happening now thanks to the new health reform law, and what changes we can expect in 2014.
Written and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Cokie Roberts, a news commentator for ABC News and NPR and a member of Kaiser’s Board of Trustees. Creative production and animation by Free Range Studios.
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