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Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: This Week Designated As Time To Focus On Health Care Reform Benefits For Seniors

Also: New Report Exposes Fatal Flaws In Proposals To Cut Benefits For Older Americans & Seniors’ Hospital Discharge Instructions Are Often Inadequate

Published Monday, August 26, 2013 11:00 am
by Alliance For Retired Americans

This Week Designated As Time To Focus On Health Care Reform Benefits For Seniors

Organizations Working to Educate the Public about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have Designated This Week to Focus on Seniors and ACA Benefits.  The Organizations include Know Your Care, Protect Your Care and Enroll America.  Thanks to the ACA, Medicare Beneficiaries are Eligible for a Free Yearly Medical Check-Up and Preventative Screenings.  The Law also Gradually Closes the Medicare Doughnut Hole that has Forced Many Seniors to Pay Exorbitant Drug Costs.  Additionally, the New Health Law has Extended the Life of Medicare by Nine Years.  “It’s Great to See More and More Seniors Understanding the Implications of the Health Care Law, Particularly Since Those Ideologically Opposed to the Affordable Care Act Continue to ‘Confuse’ Many Americans by Spreading Harmful Misinformation about the Law,” Alliance For Retired Americans Executive Director Edward Coyle said. “We Encourage Our Members to Reach Out to their Friends and Family to Educate Them on Why the ACA is ‘Good’ for Seniors and ‘All’ Americans.”  Go to to View an Alliance Fact Sheet About the Myths and Facts of the Affordable Care Act.  For a Spanish Language Version, go to  For the Latest Information from the White House on How Obamacare Helps You, go to

New Report Exposes Fatal Flaws In Proposals To Cut Benefits For Older Americans

Scott Lilly, a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, has Released a New Report Entitled: Slash Retirement Benefits or Raise Taxes?  The Choice Congress Won’t Face Up To. The Report Lays Out Just How Devastating the Benefit Cuts Proposed by U.S. Representative Paul Ryan’s (Republican-Wisconsin) Budget and Similar Proposals Would Be to Seniors. Ryan’s Budget Would Replace Medicare With Privately-Run Insurance and Give Seniors a Fixed Amount of Money With Which To Buy Insurance.  Lilly’s Findings Show that Due to the Increase in Health Care Costs and the Higher Costs Associated with Private Insurance Compared to Medicare, the Ryan Plan Would Cause Health Care Expenses to Consume An Ever-Growing Share of Social Security ChecksBy 2033, an Average Beneficiary’s Entire Social Security Check Would Go Towards Medical Costs.  Read the Report at  “This Report Makes It ‘Crystal Clear’ that Representative Paul Ryan’s Plan Would Force Seniors to ‘Choose’ Between Buying Groceries, Keeping a Roof Over Their Heads, and Acquiring Needed Medical Care,” the Alliance’s Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks said. “Rather Than Cutting Already Modest Benefits, It’s ‘Really Time’ to Make the Wealthiest Americans ‘Pay Their Fair Share.’”

Seniors’ Hospital Discharge Instructions Are Often Inadequate

A New Study from the Yale School of Medicine Found that Many Seniors Who Are Admitted To Hospitals Receive Confusing Discharge Information That Leaves Them Unable to Fully Understand Their Own Medical Condition and How to Seek Follow-Up Care.  According to the Study, which followed 395 Patients over the Age of 65, only 60% of Patients Who Had Just Been Discharged Were Able to Correctly Describe Their Diagnosis.  Only Two-Thirds of Patients said They Had Been Asked About What Type of Support They Had at Home Before Being Discharged.  In Some Cases, their Instructions Used Medical Terms such as Myocardial Infarction in Place of Much Better Known Terms such as Heart Attack.  Reuters has More on the Study at  “Hospitals Must Work to Accurately Communicate with Seniors about their Medical Needs,” Alliance President Barbara Easterling said. “Discharge Instructions Should Be Written In Clear Language and Thoroughly Discussed with Patients.


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