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Administration Pitches Health Care Law Benefits to Seniors

The Obama administration alerted Congressional offices Monday that it is sending a mailer to senior citizens that will tout the benefits of the new health care reform law. Public opinion surveys continue to show public dissatisfaction with the law, the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda over his first year in office.The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will send the pamphlets to Medicare recipients. Polls show seniors have particular concerns about the law’s effect on Medicare.According to an e-mail sent to Capitol Hill staff by Amy Hall, director of the CMS Office of Legislation, Medicare recipients beginning Tuesday will receive a brochure titled “Medicare and the New Health Law — What it Means for You.” The pamphlet, published in English and Spanish, summarizes how the health care reform law enacted by President Barack Obama in March affects Medicare recipients and their families.The e-mail makes it clear that the brochure will highlight the new law’s benefits, as well as urge Medicare recipients to log onto medicare.gov with any questions. The e-mail encourages Capitol Hill aides to “share this information with your constituents, community organizations, and other partners.”“The first benefit that many people with Medicare will receive as a result of the passage of the new law is a one-time check for $250, if they enter the Part D donut hole and are not eligible for Medicare Extra Help,” Hall’s e-mail reads. “Beginning next year, the Affordable Care Act ensures that Medicare beneficiaries will get free preventive care services like colorectal cancer screening and mammograms, in addition to a free annual wellness visit. The law also includes new tools to help fight fraud by helping Medicare crack down on criminals who are seeking to scam seniors and steal taxpayer dollars.”

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