Affordable Care Benefits

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Between 2010 and 2050, the United States population ages 65 and older will nearly double, the population ages 80 and older will nearly triple, and the number of nonagenarians and centenarians—people in their 90s and 100s—will quadruple. (KFF, 2015) Trustees of Medicaid are forecasting that in 2024, Medicaid will start running out of funding. Although there is little evidence in the trustee’s projections it is still something that needs to be looked as more and more people are getting older and are needing benefits vs a number of people putting in. Every day there are 10,000 people turning 65 or older. Now that the Affordable Care Act has been implemented it is allowing for elderly to be able to get yearly exams and wellness checks. The…show more content…
Examples include programs to reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions by coordinating care and services for patients when they leave the hospital. Other provisions provide for the development of Accountable Care Organizations, bundled payments, and medical homes all of which are intended to provider higher-quality, coordinated care for beneficiaries. The Affordable Care Act also covers seniors on preventative services and annual wellness visits. Medicare beneficiaries are eligible to receive many preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs. These include flu shots, tobacco cessation counseling, as well as no-cost screenings for cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Seniors can also get an annual wellness visit so they can talk to their doctor about any health concerns. Because of the ACA, over 39 million seniors have received at least one of these preventive services with no out-of-pocket costs. (NCPSSM, 2015) Although the Affordable Care Act is set in place to help provide Americans with coverage and to help reduce the cost of prescription drugs for seniors, there is still a concern that there will not be coverage for people. There are still many improvements that need to be made and different ways to help improve things but the ACA is heading in the right

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