What lies ahead for Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is uncertain. But one thing is clear—Congress is setting the stage to make fundamental changes to how people receive their care. Our offices in Washington D.C. and New York City are hearing from people all over the country who are apprehensive about what’s to come. Some are concerned their family members won’t have any health insurance if the ACA is repealed. Others are wondering if they will have to pay even more for their Medicare. And some are sick with worry that the already too-high price of their prescription drugs will go up even more.
No matter the worry, we keep hearing the same question: What can I do? Here are five things you can do to protect our care.
Are you someone who gets help to afford your Part B premiums? Medicaid helps you. Did you unexpectedly lose your job and buy health insurance at HealthCare.gov? The ACA helps you. Are you a senior using your insurance to pay for doctor’s visits and prescription drugs? Medicare helps you.
Together, these three programs help every single American. But we can only protect Medicare, Medicaid, and the ACA if lawmakers in Congress truly understand what these programs mean to the people who elected them. ACAworks.org and the Families USA story bank make it easy to share your story.
Pick and choose from these 5 things in the way that works best for you. There’s a long road ahead to protect our care. But don’t fret—Medicare Rights will be here for you all along the way.
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