Better Benefits for People with Medicare
New protections and benefits in the health care law strengthen Medicare, protecting the benefits you’ve earned and providing more care from your coverage.
Your guaranteed benefits are protected
You’ve earned your Medicare over a lifetime of work. The health care law protects the benefits you were promised to ensure you can always get the care you need when you need it. The law also adds resources to fight fraud, scams and waste, and helps the Medicare program save money.
More preventive care is covered
Medicare now covers a yearly wellness visit and preventive care at no cost to you. This includes cancer, cholesterol and diabetes screenings, immunizations, diet counseling and more.
Lower prescription drug costs
If you have Medicare Part D, and you reach the coverage gap or “doughnut hole” in 2013, you will get a 52.5 percent discount on brand name prescription drugs and a 21 percent discount on generic drugs while in the coverage gap.
The discounts will continue until 2020, when the gap will be a thing of the past.