Posts Tagged ‘ health care reform ’

MEDICARE AND OBAMACARE COVERAGE

Mar 24th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Health Care Insurance Vital for Seniors Roosevelt gets the credit for Social Security, LBJ for Medicare, and now President Obama is credited with being the President when national health insurance was finally enacted.  Although Obamacare is intended to be a pejorative word, it just might turn into a positive label for a very successful and [...]



MEDICARE AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE ACT ARE WORKING

Jan 4th, 2012 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Changes in Health Care Laws Help Seniors The changes brought by the Affordable Health Care Act are already helping senior citizens better manage their health care at a lower out of pocket cost, in spite of the recent scam reports. Seniors have saved $460M on prescription drugs since the law passed.  Almost one million people [...]



Financial Gains for Seniors with Health Care Reform

Aug 10th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

The new ACA (Affordable Care Act—the acronym for the health care reform bill) carries a promising mandate that could have very positive effects on how seniors are treated for a given disease or illness.  And that positive effect could result in billions of dollars of savings for senior citizens.  The ACA includes $1.1 billion that [...]



Health Care Reform: Medicare and Family Health Coverage

Jul 20th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

This week SCJ takes the spotlight off the politics of health care reform and looks at the reality of what is included in the new law.  First Lady Michelle Obama sent out a letter that focused on family care; it is paraphrased here, with an emphasis on Senior Care: Most Senior Americans will find help in [...]



Health Care Reform: Patient’s Bill of Rights

Jul 8th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

President Obama announced this week a new Patient’s Bill of Rights as a result of the Affordable Care Act (health care reform).  This is “…a basic set of consumer protections that end some of the health insurance companies worst abuses,” said the President this week.  In addition to preserving Medicare for senior citizens, the Patient’s Bill [...]



US Health Care Ranks Last in Commonwealth Fund Study

Jun 27th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

The Commonwealth Fund is “…a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable”.  All senior citizens on Medicare would do well to review this web site carefully. A recent report from this US private foundation selected six countries [...]



Tax Implications for Senior Health Care Reform

Jun 23rd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Senior Finances

The good news for all, including senior citizens, is that the new health care law will reduce the national deficit by $143 billion.  That alone is highly significant and welcome news.  But what are the other tax implications for retirees who live on fixed incomes and must, by necessity, keep the family budget under control? [...]



More Reasons to Support Health Care Reform

Jun 22nd, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

Patricia Barry writes for the monthly AARP Bulletin. She did an exemplary job last month putting together a special section on Health Care Reform. One of the sections carries information about some surprises. SCJ believes it worthy to be reprinted here, with credit and kudos to AARP Bulletin and Patricia Barry.

There are five sections in the new health care reform law that are surprising, and not being talked about much. Here they are:



Medicare and HealthCare Reform: Preventive Services Now Covered

Jun 6th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

SCJ posted an article last month that featured advantages in healthcare reform for senior citizens on Medicare.  One of the new medical services described was annual preventative care exams.  The PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) brings relief to millions of seniors for whom preventive care means early identification of disease and greater opportunity [...]



Medicare Rebates On the Way for Seniors Who Qualify

May 30th, 2010 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Social Security & Medicare

The President announced this week that the $250 rebate checks for Medicare recipients who qualify will begin to go out mid-June.  Senior Citizens will be one of the first group of recipients benefiting from the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, National Health Care Reform).  Qualified seniors will be those who hit the [...]