5 Ways that Seniors Benefit from the Affordable Care Act


The Doughnut Hole Will Be Closed

If you have prescription drug coverage through Medicare, then you know about the doughnut hole -- a gap in coverage that made it difficult to afford medications. Seniors had assistance paying for medications up until a certain dollar amount, and then they were on their own until they reached another dollar amount. The Affordable Care Act closes the doughnut hole over the next 10 years and provides financial help until the gap is fully closed. In June 2010, the government began mailing $250 rebate checks to help seniors pay for their medications, and in 2011, seniors will receive a 50 percent discount on approved brand-name prescription drugs.

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