2Center or American Progress | The Aordable Care Act Is Already a Success
Care is becoming more affordable
More than 2 million seniors saved more than $1.2billion on prescription drugs—an average o $550per person—in 2011.
Te Aordable Care Act is working to ulll its promise o closing the MedicarePart D prescription drug coverage gap, also known asthe “donut hole.” Tanks to the Aordable Care Act,seniors and persons with disabilities receive a dis-count on covered brand-name prescription drugs i they’re in the donut hole. Te discount will increaseover time until the gap is closed in 2020.
Seniors enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans sawtheir monthly premiums decrease 14 percent rom2010 to 2011.
Tis drop reects the Aordable Care Act’s commitment to giving seniors choices or qual-ity, aordable care.
More than 22.6 million seniors and people withdisabilities accessed no-cost-sharing preventiveservices in 2011 alone.
Te Aordable Care Actmakes preventive care aordable and accessible by eliminating cost sharing and requiring new healthplans to cover preventive services such as importanthealth screenings and immunizations.
Millions o women are taking advantage o no-cost-sharing preventive health services in 2011, andthey will be able to access more comprehensivewomen’s preventive care beginning August 2012.
Te Aordable Care Act ensures that importantpreventive services, including mammograms andcervical cancer screenings, are provided ree o cost to women.
Through joint eorts by the Department o Healthand Human Services and the Department o Justice,nearly $3 billion in raudulent claims was halted in2011 alone.
Tese eorts ensure public unds areused appropriately, and strengthen programs likeMedicare and Medicaid.
The quality of health care is improving
$1.75 billion in government unding will expand theprimary care workorce by 16,000 providers over thenext fve years.
Tis boost in unding will increaseaccess to preventive care, lower health care costs,and increase the quality o care or millions o patients. Early investments are already paying o:Te National Health Services Corps, which providesprimary care in underserved communities, nearly tripled in the last three years.
Thirty-two leading health care organizations acrossthe country are participating in an initiative to providebetter, more coordinated care to Medicare patients,with potential savings o $1.1 billion.
Te Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations initiative rewardscare providers or improving the health o Medicarepatients and lowering costs through coordination.
Preventable hospital-acquired conditions and pre-ventable readmissions will be reduced by 40 percentand 20 percent, respectively, by 2013 through the“Partnership or Patients: Better Care, Lower Costs”public-private initiative.
Te Partnership orPatients brings together leaders o major hospitals,employers, physicians, nurses, and patient advo-cates along with state and ederal governments ina shared eort to make hospital care saer, morereliable, and less costly.
Ten thousand Medicare patients with chronic conditionswill have access to home care services at lower costsunder the Independence at Home Demonstration.
Under the program, certain Medicare patients will beable to receive home care services (home instead o ina doctor’s ofce) at lower costs.
The bottom line:
Benets to health care consumers o all ages are evident and will continue to grow.