The online AARP Bulletin Today has a plethora of health care reform information for their members to sort through. Many members are fearful of how their medicare and AARP Medicare supplements will be affected by health care reform if it passes. The article “Lost in the Rhetoric: New Gains for Medicare Beneficiaries” by Susan Jaffe clears up some of the confusion.
The article points out that proposed legislation could offer additional benefits and more flexibility for improved Medicare. Both the House and Senate health care bills would reduce overpayments to private insurance companies offering Medicare Advantage plans. In the Senate bill there is a provision that guarantees that no basic Medicare benefits would be removed and that the savings are to be used to improve health care.
There are also some additional benefits being added to Medicare for free. These include mammograms and colonoscopies, two of the most important tests for seniors. There will also be annual medical checkups for Medicare beneficiaries free of charge. Overall the proposed bills are trying to make Medicare and individual health insurance simpler and more affordable for Americans. It’s still in a wait and see stage.