March 23, 2012
Two years later, reform is working for seniors
The North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans and Know Your Care marked the 2nd Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with a seminar followed by a Q&A at the Eastern Wake Senior Center on March 19th. It was just one 26 community events around the country spotlighting new Medicare benefits and educating seniors on where elected officials and candidates stand on health reform.
Speakers at the North Carolina event included Heather McLaughlin from the North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans; Crystal Roberts for Know Your Care; Nicole Dozier of the North Carolina Justice Center; and Acacia Saletti of Health & Human Services.
The seminar was a chance to dispel myths about the Affordable Care Act and separate fact from fiction regarding the landmark health care reform legislation signed by President Obama in 2010. “The Affordable Care Act is helping seniors across the nation better afford to see a doctor and fill a prescription,” said Barbara J. Easterling, the Alliance’s national President.
“The 3.6 million seniors with the highest drug costs have already saved an average of $600 on their prescriptions. Thirty-two million seniors have received free, life-saving tests for chronic diseases. The law is closing the ‘doughnut hole’ coverage gap in Medicare Part D, an egregious example of pharmaceutical company profits being placed ahead of the health care needs of our seniors.”
To read Barbara Easterling’s full statement, go to http://bit.ly/AaJ8xJ.