Health care fix to help seniors

Published 10:49 am Thursday, July 8, 2010

Don’t be fooled by political rhetoric and those with agendas. The agencies on the frontlines helping senior citizens say the health care reform will benefit millions on Medicare.

A variety of organizations — including the Area Agency on Aging, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and AARP — are working to dispel myths and educate senior citizens about the immediate and longterm changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act that was adopted by Congress earlier this year.

The health care reform bill was far from perfect, containing a number of changes that will have dramatic impact on the industry as a whole.

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But, for many senior citizens, this reform bill will significantly improve coverage and preventative care opportunities.

At the top of the list, it will remove the infamous “donut hole” gap in prescription drug coverage, a flaw that was almost universally pointed to as a major detriment to care for seniors.

Secondly, the reform will greatly increase access to tests and screenings, allowing senior citizens to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to their health.

Some of the free preventative screenings that will be available for free are for bone density, cholesterol, prostate cancer, diabetes, breast cancer and colon cancer.

Seniors need to arm themselves with perhaps the most vital medicine in the fight for good health: information.

Don’t take anyone at his word. Ask a lot of questions and make sure those who are providing answers really have your health at heart.