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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Here we go again - health care e-mail erroneous

[Gazette Blog Editor's note:  It's one thing to oppose our new health care act; it's another to maliciously make up falsehoods about it.  We just need to remember that 99% of us have nothing in common with the people who are trying to bring down this plan which is modeled on one GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney got passed when he was governor of Massachusetts.]

Affordable Care Act Saves Money for Retirees

It has come to our attention that a phony email has been circulating that claims the Affordable Care Act (the health care reform law enacted in 2010) adds higher premium amounts to Medicare Part B.

THIS IS FALSE. Actually, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will save you money over time. Because the new law strengthens Medicare and works to drive down health care costs, Part B premiums are likely to grow more slowly than they would have without the ACA.

And don’t forget that the ACA did NOT cut any Medicare benefits. In fact, the new law added some excellent NEW benefits, such as: free cancer screenings and other preventive services (no co-pays); an annual free checkup with your doctor (no co-pays); and the gradual closing of the prescription-drug “doughnut hole” (Part D’s big gap in coverage). All of these benefit improvements are NOW in effect.

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