Press Release             

Contact: Katherine Fitzpatrick
Education Associate

November 23, 2011

Statement by Medicare Rights Center President Joe Baker and
Florida CHAIN Executive Director Laura Goodhue on
Savings in Medicare Due to the Affordable Care Act

New York, NY - Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and although as a nation we are facing times of economic uncertainty, we can still be thankful for those programs that provide a safety net for those of us who would otherwise be unable to access health care. Namely, the Medicare program as improved by the Affordable Care Act.

The Affordable Care Act improves the Medicare program and saves money in the health care sector while putting money back into beneficiaries’ pockets. More than 2.2 million Medicare beneficiaries have saved more than $1.2 billion on their prescriptions so far in 2011. For the more than 144,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Florida, savings have amounted to $80 million statewide, at an average of $555 per person. Rather than obstruct implementation of the Affordable Care Act, Florida should be working to implement health reform in order to ensure that Medicare beneficiaries can continue to access high-quality, affordable health care.

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Florida CHAIN is a statewide consumer health advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health of all Floridians by promoting access to affordable, quality health care.

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