Health/Medical
1:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

AARP president says Affordable Care Act is good for Medicare

The president of the AARP says seniors shouldn’t be worried about their Medicare benefits because of the Affordable Care Act.

Medicare open enrollment is underway, through December 7th. Health care benefits under the Affordable Care Act begin January first. Rob Romasco, president of the AARP, says the Act, also known as Obamacare, strengthens the Medicare program.

"The donut hole is closing. That’s where the prescription drug benefit is going to close, it’s already generated five billion dollars in savings for seniors. We have new benefits in Medicare, preventive benefits for well doctor visits every year, preventive exams are now no co-pay there with mammograms, colonoscopies, so those are good things."

Romasco says seniors should be aware of potential fraud and scams relating to the Affordable Care Act.

More information on Medicare open enrollment is available at www.medicare.gov. Romasco’s comments came last week prior to a forum in Omaha on Medicare and Social Security.