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Beneficial changes don't include CUTTING $554 BILLION from Medicare !!! That's the bottom line and your Grand Old Plutocrats will be Cutting our Social Security benefits next. Cuts are Cuts , so the Wealthy can have more.

Wake up America !

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@mandm84 wrote:

Thanks for the Far Right Spin ,  our Senior's and Disabled better hope and pray the Democrats take control of Congress in the November elections to strengthen and protect our Senior's and Disabled Medicare Coverage.


You've been complaining that the Republicans won't do anything for Social Security or Medicarebut would destroy it.  Now they make some beneficial changes but you still complain?

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 Far Right Spin ????

More Bipartisan than we have seen in quite awhile -

Even the NCPSSM calls it -  "Bipartisan Budget Bill a Pretty Good Deal for Seniors"

 

From the NCPSSM - National Committee for the Preservation of Social Security and Medicare

Here is a more detailed summary of the budget bill’s implications for seniors. 

* * * * It's Always Something . . . Roseanne Roseannadanna
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Thanks for the Far Right Spin ,  our Senior's and Disabled better hope and pray the Democrats take control of Congress in the November elections to strengthen and protect our Senior's and Disabled Medicare Coverage.

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Donut Hole:  One would require drug makers to give discounts to consumers whose medicine costs throw them into the donut hole. However, it won’t take effect until 2019 - this speeds up the Obamacare changes to the donut hole by a year.

USNews 02/07/2018 - Prescription Drugs Among Budget Deal Changes to Medicare

The congressional budget deal would shift a bigger share of Medicare's medication costs to drug companies, a change that could help limit future increases in beneficiaries' premiums for prescription coverage.

 

Changes to Medicare's popular "Part D" prescription plan headline a long list of budget-deal tweaks to the government's premier health insurance program, which covers about 60 million seniors and disabled people.

 

Also, the drug coverage gap known as the "doughnut hole" would be eliminated one year earlier than currently scheduled, in 2019 instead of 2020.

 

IPAB:  Independent Payment Advisory Board - gone - dissolved but really never started -  The law ends a Medicare cost control panel that was an element of the Affordable Care Act. The Independent Payment Advisory Board was supposed to look for ways to reduce program costs if expenses topped a certain level. No members were ever appointed.

 

Higher premiums for Part B and Part D for those seniors who make more than $ 500,000 per year.

 

The deal would permanently repeal current limits on outpatient rehab services, such as physical and occupational therapy. Previously, Congress had routinely waived the therapy caps as an extender every year but groups like the AARP screamed when it wasn't done by year end.. (This has been going on for many years)  YEA !!!!!

 

Telemedicine - The two-year budget agreement widens telehealth options for Medicare Advantage plans and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), and it authorizes payments to physicians who furnish telehealth services starting in 2021.

HealthLeaders 02/09/2018 - Telemedicine Gets Boost from Budget Deal; Stakeholders Applaud its Passag...

 

There may be other changes to Medicare that I missed -

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