FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nathan Heggem
Policy and Communications Associate
February 17, 2011
Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker on the Repercussions of Blocking Funding for the Affordable Care Act
New York, NY—Attempts to block funding for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) hurt the integrity of the Medicare program and Medicare consumers. If efforts to defund the law succeed, implementation and oversight will be halted. This means Medicare consumers’ access to improved Medicare benefits will be in jeopardy—benefits that include discounts on drugs during the doughnut hole and new preventive care services and screenings. Even access to routine services and benefits for people with Medicare is at risk if the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is forced to roll back payment policies put in place by the ACA. Finally, defunding the law would also eliminate the savings to the Medicare program that result from fraud prevention efforts, which the ACA bolstered. In short, defunding the ACA is not just some budget or political ploy, but will have real, negative consequences for Medicare consumers.
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