Ed Note: This was originally posted on HealthCare.gov, a website by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The President's health law gives hard working, middle-class families the security they deserve. The Affordable Care Act forces insurance companies to play by the rules, prohibiting them from dropping your coverage if you get sick, billing you into bankruptcy through annual or lifetime limits, and, soon, discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition.
For seniors, the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, not only means more time with their doctor and important new benefits like free preventive services like cancer screenings and annual wellness visits, but it also means more money in their pocket. The new health care law strengthens Medicare. Already, more than 5.1 million seniors and people with disabilities saved over $3.2 billion in drug costs. That comes to an average savings of $635 per person for seniors caught in the coverage gap known as the donut hole. And, 32.5 million people with Medicare have received preventive service without a deductible or copay, thanks to the new law.
Here are more ways the law helps seniors:
Visit http://www.healthcare.gov/seniors to learn more.
Take a minute to hear Helen's story. She is a senior from Philadelphia who says that health care reform has given her peace of mind
You can also access a print-ready, one pager (PDF- 11 MB) with these points, and there is a brochure available with more details about the preventive services (PDF - 1.22 MB).