Press Release             

Contact: Paul Precht
Director of Policy and Communications

Akiko Takano
Deputy Director of Communications

March 16, 2010

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker Urging Congress to Pass Health Reform

New York, NY—The changes to the Senate-passed health reform bill proposed by President Obama outline a health reform package that will strengthen Medicare and make the coverage it provides more affordable. By providing immediate discounts and phasing in full coverage in the doughnut hole, the bill will save older adults hundreds of dollars on the prescription drugs they need. By providing full coverage for valuable preventive services, including a new Medicare-covered annual check-up, the bill will make it easier for older adults with limited incomes to afford the care that helps them manage chronic conditions and avoid hospitalization. New incentives for doctors to coordinate care and for hospitals to manage care after discharge will help people with Medicare get better treatment and save on copayments for duplicative tests and preventable hospitalizations. Importantly, these reforms are part of an overall package that helps shore up the Medicare trust fund and reduces the deficit, ensuring that Medicare will continue to provide secure access to health care for generations to come.

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